Franco Manca, the Fulham Shore-owned chain, is set to further strengthen its presence in London, after securing a site in Islington, MCA understands.

The 34-strong group, which will open in Bournemouth and Richmond this month, has secured the former Canas y Tapas unit at 72 Upper Street for an opening this June. It sees Canas y Tapas exit the UK market for the time being.

MCA understands that the group is also on the verge of signing on sites in Bristol, Exeter, More London, Baker Street and Edinburgh.

David Page, chairman of parent group, Fulham Shore, previously told MCA that further openings this year are likely to be a mix of London and south England locations, before the group looks to expand further across the UK, including exploring openings in Scotland. It is in talks on two openings in Edinburgh, including one at the St Andrew’s Square development.

It has secured a site at the Jackson’s Corner development in Reading for an opening near the end of 2017.

Jake Bernstone, who recently left JLL to start his own agency, Stonebrook London, acted on the Islington deal.

On Stonebrook London, he said: “The main focus of the business is on the tenant-rep side, working alongside operators looking to grow their businesses and sourcing acquisition opportunities on their behalf. Amongst the operators he is working closely with, these include Franco Manca, Honest Burger, Natural Kitchen and Cote as well as the ‘best-in-class’ independent operators and nternational occupiers from the US and Middle East.”