Cote, the BC Partners-backed group, has further strengthened its pipeline in the north west by securing a site in Chester, MCA understands.

The 80-strong group, which recently linked up with Deliveroo to trial a delivery options in selected sites in London, is believed to have secured the unit next to Carluccio’s in Chester’s Bridge Street for an opening in late January next year.

The company is also understood to be in talks on a site in Hale, but has recently pulled out of opening at the upcoming Victoria Gate scheme in Leeds.

The group, which also operates the Jackson & Rye and Limeyard formats, opened the eightieth site under its eponymous brand in Chelmsford last month.

Earlier this week, it opened the fourth site under the Jackson & Rye concept at Kingston Riverside.

The group has also secured sites at 27-32 Old Jewry in the City and 219 High Street in Guildford for the format, with both expected to open later this year.