Sunday 28 May 2017

Chopped franchises to create 45 full-time jobs

Brian Lee, managing director of the Chopped food company which will open in Grafton Street through a franchise
Brian Lee, managing director of the Chopped food company which will open in Grafton Street through a franchise
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Chopped, the healthy fast-food company, is to create 45 part-time and 45 full-time jobs in Dublin as the firm looks to expand via franchising.

The company's first franchise will employ ten people at 109 Grafton Street when it opens in January.

The store will be the first in a line of franchises across north and south County Dublin as well as the city centre in early 2016.

The managing director at Chopped, Brian Lee, said that there has been strong demand to franchise the food outlet.

"The speed at which Chopped has grown at has been phenomenal. We knew Ireland wanted a healthier option and the fact that so many people approached us looking to franchise Chopped really confirmed this. Franchising is the best way to maintain the growth of Chopped and it's a fantastic endorsement of the company product that we have six franchises on board already," Mr Lee said.

There are currently four Chopped outlets dotted across Dublin employing 69 people in total.

The company said that the turnkey capital cost of franchising a Chopped store is €150,000, which includes provision for working capital.

In addition, the fee for a single store franchise is €15,000.

The announcement of the franchises comes after Chopped opened a €250,000 production facility in Artane in November.

The new franchisee of Chopped on Grafton Street, Ciaran Killalea, described the shop as the "only choice" for the location.

Irish Independent

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