Barburrito, the Business Growth Fund (BGF)-backed chain, has confirmed it will open in Hammerson’s Union Square shopping centre in Aberdeen later this year.

The group has a short-term target of operating 25 sites by the end of 2017.

It has exchanged contracts on a property on Forrest Road in Edinburgh close to the university. Work is expected to start on site in the summer, with plans to open in early autumn. Meanwhile, it has also exchanged on a site at intu Derby, targeted for a mid-2017 opening.

Last October, the company acquired the Pinto Mexican Kitchen business in Scotland, which comprised five sites spread across Edinburgh and Glasgow. It aims to rebrand those to its new design before the summer.

Jim Bishop, property director at Barburrito, said: “We are delighted to be among some very successful brands at Union Square and are looking forward to opening in the autumn. This acquisition continues our UK roll out with further openings planned before Christmas.”

Sarah Fox, head of restaurants and leisure at Hammerson, added: “We are pleased to welcome Barburrito to Union Square and to Aberdeen. With its diverse line-up of restaurants the centre has become a hotspot for new and exciting dining in the city and Barburrito is a great addition to the offer for our customers.”