Venurian-backed operator Humpit Hummus is looking to roll out grab-and-go as it lines up new sites.

The hummus and pitta bar concept is set to open two sites this year, one in Manchester city centre due to open in Spring, and a second in London.

The London site, due to open near London Bridge in the second half of this year, will be the brand’s first launch in the city.

“We’re looking to really get into London,” co-founder Jonathan Phillips told MCA, “now we’ve found our first site near London Bridge we really want to develop there.”

Phillips said that both sites will be purpose-built to accommodate a new grab-and-go offering, something he sees as necessary to increase efficiency.

“We want to decrease the wait time and make our service more efficient,” he said. “We’re really busy between 12-2 and we’re struggling in certain stores to serve everyone on time.”

“Right now everything’s made to order, but we’re looking to have salads, drinks options, hummus and snack pots available in grab-and-go fridges. Our upcoming sites in Manchester and London will be the new concepts and we’ll be rolling it out across the estate over time.”

At the same time, Humpit has been pursuing various other initiatives from cashless tills to an increased menu offering.

“We’re also going through a food development change,” explained Phillips. “We’ll be adding a lot more items to the menu in the next couple of months. It’s been five years and we’ve always done the same. We’re sticking to our core product but we’re giving people more options.”

Since opening in Leeds in 2014, the brand has expanded to 13 sites, opening its first southern restaurant in Brighton last year.

In addition to upcoming UK openings, it is also looking at international opportunities, and is in talks to launch a site in Asia once the new UK initiatives are complete.