Eric Partaker, co-founder of Chilango, the burrito chain, has told MCA that the company will have a national presence by the end of its current financial year as it gears up to open in four major cities across the UK.

Partaker said the group, which is on course to post turnover of over £11m in its current financial year, was currently experiencing double-digit growth across its 11-strong estate.

He thanked the work of Andy Ross, who is to step down as property director for the business for personal reasons, for helping build the company’s pipeline for the coming year.

Ross joined the company in the summer of 2015. He was formerly a senior acquisitions surveyor at McDonald’s and spent over three years as an estates manager at Marston’s.

The company has already secured sites in Leeds and Glasgow for the openings over the coming year, and is thought to be close on a unit in Bristol.

Partaker said: “We have had a good year and are now on the verge of having a national presence. We have a string foundation in place and have been trading well. We get enquiries at least once a week about taking the brand overseas but we are focused on building the business here first before we look further afield.”

Earlier this year, Chilango placed its site in Camden on the market.

The group appointed AG&G to market the site at 102 Camden High Street, which is available with a 25-year lease expiring 2029 and rent of £105,000 per annum.