Food & Drink

Some like it Hotcha: Chinese fast food chain plans FOUR restaurants across Manchester

Soon you can satay-sfy your cravings for Chinese fast food quicker than you can say ‘kung pow chicken’– as the UK’s fastest growing Oriental takeaway chain is opening FOUR outlets across the area.

Hotcha is planning to open no less than FOUR stores across Greater Manchester as part of a national expansion programme.

The company was founded two years ago by entrepreneur James Liang with the aim of creating the UK’s first national Chinese takeaway brand.

Following a successful roll out across the South West of England, Laing now intends to open restaurants in Didsbury, Fallowfield, Chorlton cum Hardy and Wilmslow.

To oversee the expansion the restaurant chain has appointed Andrew Emmerson as Non-Executive Director who has previously held senior executive posts at Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, Millie’s Cookies and Upper Crust.

The company is now seeking experienced franchisees and fast food managers to run the franchise operations in Manchester.

Franchisees will be expected to raise £75,000 in personal funds to start a Hotcha store with the remaining start-up costs available through bank financing.

James Laing, 32, said: “We are looking for experienced franchisees with strong knowledge of their local markets, a successful track record in business or the food sector and the ambition to launch Hotcha stores in due course.

“Knowledge of Chinese cuisine is not a prerequisite, as we have developed efficient processes and a training programme which ensures that our food can be cooked quickly and to a high standard.”

The stores are branded with a modern ‘street’ image and attract custom through multiple channels including online ordering, takeaway, delivery and dine in services. 

All of Hotcha’s current franchises are located in the South West, in Bristol, Swindon, and Gloucestershire and the takeaways have proved particularly popular with young professionals and students.

The company typically turn over £500,000 per annum with profits of £150,000.

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