Halal chain, Chicken Cottage has announced plans to invest in new sites in Greater Manchester.

The expansion began with the launch of a new ‘cloud’ kitchen which serves online demand. The outlet has employed seven new staff and offers a delivery only service, featuring a menu of halal grilled and fried chicken.

The site will deliver within a 2.5-mile radius of the base in Ardwick, Manchester. Customers can order by downloading the Chicken Cottage App or visiting the website.

Chicken Cottage Ltd, whose headquarters are based in Croydon, was established in 1994 and currently operates more than 75 restaurants across the world.

Two more 'quick service' restaurants are also currently in the planning stages with several potential sites being reviewed across Greater Manchester. These two new restaurants will offer eat in, take away and delivery services, increasing the number of Chicken Cottage outlets across the region to seven.

The expansion will create 25 jobs and will be a £500,000 investment, revealed the company.

Chicken Cottage Ltd Group CEO, Shahrin Imran said: “We are delighted to be expanding across Greater Manchester. This is in response to increased demand from customers in the region who are looking for the authentic East meets West fusion of flavours our famous products offer.”

Group Chief Operating Officer at Chicken Cottage Ltd, Greg Milne added: “This is our latest expansion initiative in response to customer demands and follows our recent announcement to open 50 new restaurants in East Africa in partnership with Express Kitchen Ltd, a subsidiary of AAH Limited, the majority shareholder of Hass Petroleum Group.

“Our new App is part of our digital transformation strategy and has been launched to make it easier for all our customers to order quickly and securely and receive rewards for being a loyal Chicken Cottage customer. It is currently available for our new outlet in Ardwick and is set to roll out across the UK.”

The new ‘cloud’ kitchen in Ardwick and the two new sites , will be operated by the Chicken Cottage head office team. The company says it welcomes enquiries from individuals in the region who wish to operate their own Chicken Cottage franchise.