Four Star Pizza is to sink £3m in opening 18 more pizza outlets in Northern Ireland over the next three years, with the creation of up to 300 jobs and bringing its total to 30.
Director Brian Clarke said, “The Northern Ireland market is very important to us and has been steadily growing since the opening of our first Belfast franchise in 1999.
“We view this market as a huge potential growth area for Four Star Pizza which is reflected in our plans to increase our total number of stores in Northern Ireland to 30 by the end of 2019. With each store employing 15-20 staff, this level of expansion should create up to 300 new jobs in Northern Ireland.
“To date, we’ve invested approximately £2 million in our Northern Ireland operations but we plan to invest a further £3 million over the next three years to help grow the business to the next level.'
Clarke added, 'We have an excellent relationship with our existing Northern Ireland franchisees,” he said. “One franchisee now operates six outlets here whilst another has just opened his third store, having started life as a Four Star delivery driver.'
The chain also plans to open an extra 16 new stores in the Republic, bringing the total number of outlets there to 50.
The takeaway pizza chain was founded in 1988 in Ireland and opened its first Northern Ireland site in 1999 in Belfast.