Shere Khan claws contracts in region

UK-based restaurant chain Shere Khan has set its sights eastward, with ambitious plans to launch its casual dining outlets in the UAE.

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By  Lynne Nolan Published  August 17, 2006

UK-based restaurant chain Shere Khan has set its sights eastward, with ambitious plans to launch its casual dining outlets in the UAE. The chain is set to open up to 10 outlets, with additional plans to enter the Far East, and is expected to open restaurants in shopping malls throughout the region. Operating as franchises, the first restaurant is scheduled to open in October, although the location is yet to be confirmed. Chief executive Nighat Awan hopes to clinch further deals worldwide, which will see the company enter the Scottish and London market. Shere Khan's first casual dining outlet opened at Cheshire Oaks, a designer outlet complex in The Wirral. However, the company is more famous restaurant is its outlet on the Curry Mile strip in Rusholme, Manchester. Planning to roll out its franchises in Japan in the coming years, the company’s expansion plans forms part of its intention to take its brand in a new direction, and boost its presence in the casual dining industry. The group previously focused on restaurants and express takeaways, as well as the production of curry sauces, poppadums and other Indian food items for the UK retail and export markets.

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