Chopstix has announced plans to expand its presence in Greater London with three new sites to open in the next month.

The 80-strong Asian QSR concept, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, will open in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Brixton, and Bromley, totalling seven openings across the UK since the beginning of July.

Citing strong trading at existing stores in the capital and the success of a newly opened Canary Wharf site, Chopstix has identified significant opportunity for growth in the capital through market mapping.

It plans to open at least five further stores this year in addition to the total of seven openings this summer. New locations will be a mix of equity and franchised stores.

The announcement comes soon after the brand announced it will open four sites in Wales this year. Earlier this year, it appointed its first franchise director, opened its first site in a retail park in Middlebrook, Bolton, and also announced a partnership with Haven – its first with a holiday operator.

Commenting on the expansion, MD Jon Lake said: “London will always be a special city for Chopstix – Sam and Menashe first started selling noodles at Camden Market, and Oxford Street was the site of our first ever bricks and mortar store.

“So it is a testament to how far the Chopstix brand has come over the last 20 years that we’re in a position to open three new stores, in such a competitive city as London, after what has already been a year of significant growth.

“We’re extremely proud and excited to follow successful store launches from Cardiff to Ayrshire with such expansion in London, it really demonstrates that there is huge appetite for Chopstix noodles across the UK and an encouraging indication that even further growth is possible over the next 12 months.”

In May, 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.