Abokado has said it is on track to reach 30 sites by the end of the year before looking to grow nationwide from 2017.

The healthy food to go operator told M&C its next two City sites are lined up on Goswell Road and Aldersgate.

The Goswell Road unit, which is due to open at the end of July, will be the 25th Abokado followed by Aldersgate by early September.

The newest additions will “fill the gaps” between existing sites in an area that founder Mark Lilley said has sufficient opportunities to continue adding to the estate.

“By the end of 2016 we will be looking seriously at national expansion, by which time we expect to have 35 sites in London,” Lilley told M&C.

Lilley said he is confident the concept will work in both greater London and nationally in other large cities.

After the opening of Aldersgate there are a further three to four sites in the pipeline at various stages of negotiation. Lilley is confident the flexibility of the Abokado model sets it apart from its competitors as it can consider smaller venues that other operators may not be able to operate in while retaining a cautious approach to site acquisitions.

Lilley said Abokado enjoyed a great full-year to March 2015 and the months since then have seen single-digit like for like growth – based on volume sales rather than price increases.