Wagamama, the fast-casual noodle chain, will open its latest site at the end of August in Gateshead. The 72-strong chain will open its latest site on 26 August at the Metrocentre shopping centre. The company will follow this by opening a site at Westfield Stratford in September. The group chain is also set to open in York town centre in early December and in Leamington early next year. The Steve Hill-led chain recently secured a site at the MediaCity scheme on Salford Quays, Manchester, which will also open 2012. Earlier this year, Duke Street, which acquired the chain from Lion Capital for around £215m, announced plans to expand Wagamama to 300 UK restaurants.