Jobs boost for Chesterfield as Nando’s opens its doors

Nando's store manager Craig Clare with his staff.
Nando's store manager Craig Clare with his staff.

Nando’s in Chesterfield has opened its doors – creating 30 jobs for the town.

The hotly-anticipated South African eaterie launch at the site of the former Blockbuster store on Alma Leisure Park earlier today.

Opening of new Nandos at Alma Leisure Park.

Opening of new Nandos at Alma Leisure Park.

Nando’s devotee Jared Shooter, of Chesterfield, was given the opportunity of a lifetime after winning a Facebook competition to open the new restaurant.

As well as cutting the all-important ribbon, Jared, 19, was the very first customer to sample the infamous flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken.

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Andy Crook, Nando’s regional managing director, said: “Chesterfield is clearly hungry for chicken, so we’re delighted to be finally opening a restaurant in the area to satisfy people’s cravings.”

A Nando’s spokesman added: “The restaurant stays true to Nando’s unique Afro-Portuguese roots with a stunning design seating up to 128 guests.

“The opening has also created 30 new jobs for the local area, ranging from cashiers and grillers to assistant managers.

“Packed with flavour and great variety, the new restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from the cinema and will provide the perfect pre or post film refreshment for students, families and locals.”

The Derbyshire Times revealed in March that the popular chicken restaurant chain was coming to Chesterfield – sparking massive interest.

Founded in 1987, Nando’s operates about 1,000 outlets in 24 countries.