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Carluccio's to expand in Scotland

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UK restaurant chain Carluccio's has announced plans to launch a new site in Scotland following the success of its new establishment in Glasgow, which marked the group's first expansion into the Caledonian country.

Known as one of Britain's most popular Italian brands, Carluccio's is named after founder, celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio, and is known for its affordable prices and high-quality ingredients.

According to STV Local, the firm is set to open a new restaurant in Aberdeen if it can find a location it considers to be suitable for the project.

A spokesperson said: "Aberdeen has been identified as a location Carluccio's would really like to open in, and as such they are currently looking at a number of sites in the city but at this stage we are unable to confirm a location or an exact opening date."

The economic success of oil-rich Aberdeen has seen the city enjoy extensive investment over the last few years, with a number of vacant buildings being fitted out with kitchen equipment and transformed into restaurants.

Simon Kossoff, chief executive of the Carluccio's franchise, indicated that he was keen to expand into the market north of the border after launching the business' debut Scottish operation in Glasgow.

In addition to opening a new restaurant in Aberdeen, the company is expected to look at the possibility of launching a site in Edinburgh.

Mr Carluccio has been effusive about the wide range of locally-sourced ingredients available to Scottish restaurants in the past, noting that "very good game" and other kinds of meat can be found in the country.

Founded in 1991, the company serves in excess of 140,000 customers every week and recorded earning per share growth of ten per cent over the course of 2010.

In addition to expanding in the UK, the firm has opened new sites in Dubai in recent years.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801528694-ADNFCR

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