Noodle bar chain Chopstix is aiming to double its estate over the next year and has identified 800 potential sites across the UK, MCA has learnt.

Menashe Sadik, co-founder of the now 66-strong group, told MCA the plan was to grow through a combination of company-owned and franchise stores to at least 120 by the first part of 2018.

He said the group was also opening its first international sites in Dortmund, Germany with interest also expressed from potential partners in Poland.

Sadik said: “When we stared we thought the scope for us was 300 but now I think that was a case that we didn’t ourselves well enough. We did some research at the start of the year which identified 800 potential sites.

“The strength of the brand is that we are that adaptable. We have 3,000sq ft in Aberdeen and 500sq ft in island units.

“That means that we can look at a lot of different locations - shopping centres, high streets, motorway services, forecourts, travel hubs.

“We are growing organically and have been for some time but we have also had interest from commercial banks.”

Sadik said that while the group was not currently involved in the delivery market, he is in talks with Deliveroo and UberEats.

Next up for the group is a further four sites with Welcome Break – taking the total to six.

The company is also working with Sammy Weinbaum of CDG Leisure to identify sites for further expansion after securing two sites in Hammerson units over the past month.