Tortilla on a roll as Shelley Sandzer wrap up another central London site
Acting on behalf of the brand, leading specialist UK leisure property agency, Shelley Sandzer, has secured an additional Central London site for Mexican fast-food restaurant chain, Tortilla. Due to open in the spring, the new site is located at 1 The Cut, directly opposite Southwark Underground Station.
The unit spans a total of 1,100 sq ft across basement and ground floor level, with space for 32 covers. Designed by Fusion DNA, the new restaurant has adopted the design brief for the new baby Tortilla format of smaller stores serving the local business community. The brand, which has a portfolio of 36 sites across the UK, recently reported record sales in 2018, with like-for-likes up 6%.
Shelley Sandzer’s Professional Services team also have a strong relationship with Tortilla, having recently concluded rent reviews at their sites in Westfield Stratford, Islington, Bankside, Brighton and Canary Wharf. The team are currently instructed at various locations across the capital, including Clapham, Camden and Market Place.
Commenting on the deal, Casey Philips, partner at Shelley Sandzer, said: “Tortilla is the perfect example of an operator that understands their customer and continues to deliver the right product in the right environment. Whether it be from a professional services or leasing perspective, our personal approach means we truly understand all aspects of their business so we too can get it right. We are delighted to continue this strong working relationship and support the brand’s expansion.”
Rob Lucy, Property Director at Tortilla added: “2018 was a good year for Tortilla and we are excited to continue this momentum with a number of new openings in 2019. We have worked with Shelley Sandzer for many years across several of our sites, so we know we can rely on their expert knowledge of the industry to deliver the very best locations across the country.”
Shelley Sandzer acted for Tortilla Mexican Grill.
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Shelley Sandzer is a leading and dynamic agency, specialising in the restaurant and leisure property sector. The company provides considered and valued advice to many of the UK’s most highly regarded restaurant brands, centres, developments high streets and landlords, via a lateral thinking team with an unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the leisure business. Shelley Sandzer is also known for the key role it plays in launching new entrants and unique concepts to the market, such as Duddell’s, Honey & Smoke, and Frame.
Tortilla is your local burrito and taco joint, offering authentic California-style Mexican food. Fillings are prepared fresh in-store daily and with a fully customisable menu, there’s a dish to suit all tastes. Tortilla opened in London in October 2007, and is now the largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand in the UK and Europe, with more than 40 locations across the UK and Middle East. Restaurants can be found throughout England, primarily in London and as far North as Glasgow in Scotland, West as Cardiff in Wales and South as Brighton and Southampton, as well as Dubai, Saudi Arabi and Bahrain. Founder Brandon Stephens moved to London from California in 2003 to pursue his MBA at London Business School, where he wrote the business plan for Tortilla. "I grew up eating healthy, affordable burritos in California and I just couldn't find anything like it over here. As the concept evolved, it became evident that there was a strong market for fresh, affordable burritos and tacos.”