Dublin-based salad chain Freshly Chopped will make its debut in England, in Manchester, before the end of the year, after securing a site in the Piccadilly Gardens area of the city, MCA understands.

The 50-strong group, which recently opened its first university unit as part of a 10-site expansion push, is believed to have lined up the former Starbucks unit underneath Manchester’s City Tower building.

The brand’s latest venue in Northern Ireland launched at Ulster University’s Belfast campus in partnership with outsourcing company the Mount Charles Group.

The brand launched into Northern Ireland in June and now has three service station sites in the province.

A total of six Freshly Chopped venues are set to open across Donegal and Northern Ireland, with a branch launching in Donegall Square, Belfast, in mid-October.

The 10-site expansion push will create 150 jobs with branches also opening in the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus.

All the new sites are expected to be open by the end of this year.

Freshly Chopped co-founder and managing director Brian Lee, who founded Freshly the business with Andy Chen in Dublin in 2012, said: “We are delighted to be accelerating our growth across four different markets. These 10 new stores showcase the success of the growth programme we have used to continue the revolution in healthy fast food. There is a vast demand in the British market for healthy fast food and we have been inundated with requests to open in Britain over the last six years, both from Irish people living abroad and British people who have seen what we have been offering in Ireland.”