It’s chicken tonight in Leigh!

NATIONAL restaurant chain Nando’s is opening in Leigh.

The chain, which has more than 250 restaurants across the UK offering its Portuguese-style peri-peri chicken, will occupy the final site on The Loom development.

And work to fit out the 3,415 square foot unit will begin later this month, with an opening date slated for April.

Nando’s will join American-Italian dining chain Frankie and Benny’s and Oriental buffet restaurant Real China on the Spinning Jenny Way site, alongside Cineworld and Tesco Express.

Neil Yeomans, owner of property consultants Lyndon Yeomans who have worked on The Loom in partnership with DMR, said the arrival of Nando’s was a major coup for the town, and left The Loom with an ideal restaurant line-up.

He said: “It will finish off the development nicely. This was our targeted line-up when we started, and to have got these three major national companies coming to Leigh is about as good as we could have hoped for.

“Nando’s is one of the most expansive, family-oriented dining establishments in Britain, and they are very fussy about where they choose to set up business.

“They did a lot of research and analysed the demographics very carefully before they decided to come to Leigh.

“They have moved to The Loom due to its town centre location, which they believe will gain them more lunchtime traffic than an out-of-town retail park. They would not have moved to Leigh otherwise.”