Glasgow fish and chip chain Blue Lagoon is opening a thirteenth site after an extremely positive year.
Where the new restaurant will be is still under wraps although company director Simone Varese has confirmed it is within another prominent shopping centre in central Scotland.
The chain, which started serving fish and chips 40 years ago, currently has eight restaurants and takeaways in Glasgow as well as sites in Ayr, Largs, Stirling and Perth.
The announcement follows a year of growth and investment for the company, having spent £500,000 revamping and upsizing its flagship Argyle Street site from 40 seats to 80 at the tail end of 2019.
In April last year, the chain acquired and fully fitted out an 80 seater outlet in Perth and two months later this was followed by its first shopping centre food court in Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre.
Commenting on the chain’s expansion, Simone, who runs the business with his father Angelo and brothers Alessandro and Gianluca, comments: “We are fortunate that our business is doing reasonably well with 2019 being one of our best years to date, but we cannot get complacent, it is a very tough landscape at the moment. We have invested now because opportunities arose which we could not turn down.”
Simone says that despite challenging conditions on the high street and a wider choice of food options, Blue Lagoon continues to hold its own, adding: “I feel we are very fortunate in that the product we sell remains quite popular amongst the British people despite many alternative competitors around us. Also due to the price of fresh fish and potatoes staying at a reasonable level we are able to sell our product at an affordable price, which also helps a lot in a time when everyone is looking after the pennies.”