Pinto Mexican, the Glasgow-based fast casual Mexican concept, is gearing up to open its fifth site as it looks to reach 11 units by the end of this year.
The group, which is led by Paul Sloan, will open its second site in Edinburgh at the start of next month at 6 Shandwick Place.
The company is looking to grow to 11 sites by the end of this year to firm up market share as rival burrito chains look to enter Scotland.
The operator currently runs three units in Glasgow, plus a site in Edinburgh’s Lothian Road.
“In general our plan is to have four in Glasgow, four in Edinburgh, two in Dundee and one in Aberdeen,” operations director Paul Sloan told M&C Report. “Then in addition to that [expansion] will only be if we venture into shopping centres.”
Expansion would be self-funded, said Sloan, whose family operates c30 restaurants in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas.
Pinto Mexican opened its first unit at Glasgow’s Queen Street in July 2011. The stores range in size from 50-seat, 40 sq ft units to venues measuring 180 sq ft that can seat 100 diners.
The concept is billed as offering “fresh, healthy and exciting street food”, with a focus on burritos, nachos and tachos.