The Real China, the Chinese restaurant chain, plans to open at least eight new sites by the end of this year, including several under its recently launched express format. The 17-strong company, which is backed by Hengjia Holdings, recently opened its first Real China Express outlet at the ex-Smollensky’s unit in London’s Hammersmith. The 65-cover site features an eat-in and takeaway service aimed at lunchtime trade in the area. Early reports suggest that the new format trading well. Mark Hillier of property advisor DMR, the retain agent for Real China, said the company was looking to roll out the format to more sites inside the M25 corridor. The Real China is about to its latest restaurant site in Bexleyheath, which will take its estate to 18. It plans to opens at least eight further sites, which will be a mixture of restaurant and express units, this year.