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Chopstix have opened in Sailmakers Shopping Centre

Fast-growing UK oriental food business Chopstix have opened their first Suffolk noodle bar in Ipswich’s busy Sailmakers Shopping Centre this week.
It is the latest new opening by the popular chain which recently launched in Manchester’s Arndale Centre and the Brunel Centre in Swindon and which has doubled its outlet numbers to 75 stores in less than 18 months.
The new restaurant brings 15? new jobs to the centre and Menashe Sadik, co-founder of Chopstix, said: “We are pleased to be opening our doors within The Sailmakers’ Centre which fits perfectly with our strategy to successfully grow the visibility of Chopstix by increasing our profile within the country’s most popular shopping and retail hubs.”
Co-founding director, Sam Elia added: “We look forward to offering busy Ipswich shoppers something new and exciting in the food court with our value for money and tasty dishes which also offer a healthier, fresher and faster alternative.”
The news has been welcomed by Sailmakers Centre Manager Mike Sorhaindo who said: “Chopstix is an increasingly well-known brand which is proving very popular and is growing quickly.
“Their arrival is a real boost for the Centre and for the local economy in Ipswich with more new jobs created here at Sailmakers.
“It will also bring a new dynamic to our food offer which is very important as part of the shopping experience for our customers and is now an integral part of Sailmakers.”
Menashe Sadik added: “As a result of these new openings, shopping centres across the country now house one-third of our overall outlet count, which has doubled in the past 18 months.
“As well as being a fresher and healthier option in the food court, we also provide one of the fastest services in our sector.
“Our success within the shopping centre environment may be aligned to the fact that we typically serve meals in under 60 seconds – a real advantage for time-pressed shoppers.”
Chopstix will be the latest major new arrival at the Centre this year following on from Best Days Vintage, Emmaus, Ravishing Beauty and Pep & Co’s shop within a shop at Poundland while Baldwins have expanded.
It is the latest stage in the success story since the centre’s £4 million renovation and rebranding as Sailmakers almost two years ago since when it has created well over 100 new jobs, boosting the local economy by more than £2.5 million.
Since it’s re-launch the Centre has also welcomed high street stores Yours, bbs coffee and muffins, sandwich giant Subway as well as jewellers Pandora and Warren James, holiday money firm Eurochange and Blue Inc while there have been major refits for Topshop and QUIZ and earlier big arrivals included River Island, Iceland and Poundland.
Mike Sorhaindo added: “The success of Sailmakers in attracting new retailers is a testament to the £4 million investment in Sailmakers and what it has meant to the town in terms of jobs created and a massive boost to the local economy.”