Hotcha opens new Chinese takeaway in Exeter
Fast growing Chinese takeaway and delivery chain Hotcha has opened its first store in Exeter.
The company has recruited 12 staff to work at the new site in Sidwell Street, with more expected to follow.
Founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs James Liang and Andy Chan, Hotcha has 12 branches in the UK, from Bristol to Liverpool.
After opening its first outlet in Bristol, Hotcha has expanded throughout the South West into Bath, Swindon and Stroud.
The company has a centralised production facility where the food is prepared, blast frozen, packaged and delivered to each store daily, ensuring a consistent product quality across the chain.
Co-founder and CEO Mr Liang said: “We are delighted to be opening our first store in Exeter, enabling us to cook for customers in this thriving city.
“Our ambition is to become the first national Chinese takeaway chain in the UK and we feel opening our 12th store here in Exeter is a natural step as we continue our rapid growth from our beginnings in Bristol five years ago.
“Following our recent £7.5 million funding round, we are well positioned to deliver our pipeline of a further 20 stores openings across the UK in 2017.”
Hotcha has been aiming to open in Exeter since 2014. The city is seen as a good location for the company because it is one of the largest urban centres in the west of England and has a significant student population, a key target demographic.
Earlier this year Hotcha applied for planning permission for alterations to the vacant unit opposite Tesco Express, previously occupied by Prontaprint.
By establishing central systems designed to simplify the preparation and delivery of its menu, the company has transformed the way Chinese fast food is prepared and delivered.
In order to standardise product quality, all core ingredients including meat, fish, marinades and sauces are prepared by Hotcha’s central production facility before being sent to stores where they are used to prepare dishes in line with Hotcha’s house recipes and presentation styles.
Hotcha opens from 11am to 11pm.