Cote, the BC Partners-backed group, has added Maidstone and Newcastle to its openings pipeline for 2017.

The company, which opened its 86th site under its eponymous brand on Monday in Chester, has exchanged on 13-15 Earl Street in Maidstone. Opening at the site, which is scheduled for the final quarter of the year, is subject to planning, licensing and the developer handing over in shell. It is currently trading as Oxfam and Quicksilver Arcade.

At the same time, it has secured 120-122 Grainger Street in Newcastle for an opening in Q3 subject to planning and licensing.

The company has already secured the former Ed’s Easy Diner site in Gloucester Quays for an opening later this spring and a unit on Lewes High Street.

The group, which hope to open 15 sites this year, has also secured sites in Shrewsbury, Bristol and Leeds for its openings under its eponymous brand this year.

At the same time, the company is gearing up to open the second site, and first outside London, under its Limeyard concept, in the Two Rivers scheme in Staines. This site will open later today.

The group has also secured a new build unit at the White Rose scheme’s leisure extension for all-day American kitchen concept Limeyard and a site in Woking to add to the concept’s original site in Ealing, during 2017.

It is thought the group will also look to add three more sites to its six-strong Jackson & Rye format, with talks on a site in Birmingham believed in an advanced stage.