Le Pain Quotidien, continental bakery concept, is set to reach the 20-site mark in the UK by the end of March with the opening of two further units in central London. The international chain, which is led in Europe by Jack Moran, will open a 1,446sq ft site later this month in Connaught Village on the corner of Kendal Street and Connaught Street. Le Pain, which was was founded in the early 1990s in Belgium by chef Alain Coumont, will be joined at the high-end food and retail scheme by Connaught Place, sister restaurant to Soho’s The Red Fort, which is due to open a 2,245sq ft unit on Kendal Street later in the year. The coffee shop and bakery concept will follow the Kendal Street site with the opening of a unit in Soho’s Wardour Street. Nathan Rivers, estate manager at Le Pain Quotidien, said, “Connaught Village is a charming setting for us to open our doors to. We are opening other bakeries at a similar time so this is a key period of expansion for us. Our strategy is to choose stylish and iconic locations for our bakeries and the unit in Connaught Village ticks all the boxes.  We are looking forward to becoming part of the Village community.” Le Pain currently has operates over 80 stores in more than 10 countries worldwide including, the Middle East and the US, where it is now based. The UK part of the business was acquired by its parent company for between £10m and £15m in 2009.