El Mexicana, the fast-­casual Mexican franchise restaurant group, has strengthened its pipeline with five new sites lined up, MCA has learnt.

The 21-strong group, led by James Coverley, is opening sites in Hatfield, Milton Keynes, Swansea and two in Norwich.

The group predominantly operates its quick­service restaurants under franchise in shopping centres, service stations and travel hubs.

Coverley has previously told MCA the brand was looking to expand to Ireland and the Middle East.

The brand wants to become the leading provider of ‘over the counter’ Mexican food in the UK and become synonymous with Mexican food.