Nando’s Group Holdings, the operator of the Nando’s and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) chains, has secured three new sites for its eponymous brand, which will see its estate reach the 250 mark in the UK. The company, which is led in the UK by Rob Papps and currently operates 247 sites in the UK, has signed new leases on three new outlets over the last month. The group is to open on the site of the former Lloyds bank unit in Great Portland Street, London; the former Chicago Rock Café in Braintree; and a former HMV in Peterborough. All three sites range in size between 2,000 and 3,000sq ft. The company is also understood to be looking at sites in central London, with the view of opening a new flagship restaurant later this year. Property advisor Davis Coffer Lyons acted on behalf of Nando’s on the three latest deals. Earlier this year, the company appointed David Niven as its global chief executive, as it looks to have 1,000 restaurants operating internationally under its eponymous brand by the end of 2011. The group’s international estate covers over 30 countries and includes a c.200-strong estate in Australia and a c.300-strong business in South Africa. It is understood that the company is also exploring opportunities to take its first steps into China. The majority of the group’s restaurants are operated under franchise apart from in South Africa, which has a 50/50 split between franchised and company-owned, and in the UK and US, which is 100% company owned. System-wide sales for the company, which is backed by Capricorn Ventures and currently operates c.950 sites internationally, is estimated to reach $1.1bn this year.