Dorset and Wiltshire-based fish and chip chain Harlees is opening its first takeaway in Hampshire.
The new branch in Andover will follow the same fast casual dining concept it launched in Swanage, Dorset, at Easter last year. This will include seating for 30 as well as a self-service screen, reducing the number of staff required.
The former Vets4Pets will undergo a complete refurbishment before opening in May.
Director Kaylee Herbert comments: “We’re really excited to bring Harlees fish and chips to Andover. It was on our radar for a while as a town that looked like it could suit a Harlees.”
The menu will mirror its other locations, offering cod, haddock and burgers, although there are plans to diversify the offering with new additions to attract the younger generation, for example exploring loaded chips further.
Andover is Harlees’ ninth outlet and its second casual dining concept, a format Kaylee says is working well.
“It will be the same set-up as Swanage, which is designed to run with less staff, so the self-service kiosk is getting the customer to do a bit more work. They do the ordering, they collect their food and they take it to the table. And we have bins to encourage customers to clear the tables themselves too.
“It’s definitely a concept we will be adding to our arsenal. Although it depends on the location, sometimes we see places and think that town would be a good location for a full-service location, and other times it’s a competitive takeaway that is a better fit.”