Chopstix has secured a long-term franchise agreement with Sparta Foods which will see it open a pipeline of 25 stores in North Wales as well as the Northwest in the coming years.

The Asian QSR brand aims to open at least 12 new stores in 2022 through a mix of company-owned and franchised locations. It appointed its first franchise director earlier this year.

Sparta Foods has previously operated multi-unit QSR businesses and opened its first Chopstix location in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in July. It will open the second in Warrington before the end of this year.

The franchisee plans to concentrate its Chopstix portfolio in North Wales and the Northwest due to market mapping indicating scope for brand growth across the regions.

Chopstix recently announced the opening of its fifth Wales site in Cwmbran and plans to expand further over the next 12 months in the region.

In August, the brand also announced plans to grow its London presence with the opening of three new sites in the capital, in addition to opening its first site at a retail park in Middlebrook, Bolton, and its first partnership with a holiday operator, Haven.

Franchise director Aaron Moore-Saxton said: “The qualities we look for in a new franchisee partner – local knowledge, a proven track record in the QSR space, and an impressive business proposal – Sparta Foods LTD has in abundance.

“Most importantly, however, the vision the Sparta Foods team has for the brand aligns perfectly with our own. It’s so encouraging to see the confidence our franchise partners have in Chopstix, as it shows the huge potential of our brand.

“We have no doubt Sparta Foods will make a huge success of the first two sites they operate and look forward to supporting the team as they grow towards their target of 25 locations.”

Saeed Muhammad, MD, Sparta Foods, said, “Chopstix is one of the fastest growing QSR brands in the country and it’s a great addition to our portfolio. We’re looking forward to working with Aaron and the team to develop the brand and open new sites across the North West and North Wales.”

In May, MD Jon Lake told MCA the brand is aiming to reach the 100-site mark by next May and is looking to enter the drive-thru market.