Taco Bell, the Yum! Brands owned Mexican burrito fast food concept, is to open its third site in the UK and its first in the North, in Manchester.

The group is set to open another franchised outlet next week in the food court of the Arndale Centre.

The company launched its first site back in the UK - after it pulled out of the country in the 1990s - last May at Lakeside. It followed this by opening a further Essex-based site late last year in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon.

It is thought that both these sites are trading well.

Nick Dawson, general manager, Taco Bell UK & Europe, said: “We want to target key city locations around the UK so we’re thrilled to announce that we’re coming to the Manchester Arndale Centre. We can’t wait to serve our delicious tacos, burritos and quesadillas to local residents and busy shoppers.”