An award-winning fish and chip chain has started work on creating its first ever Derbyshire outlet – and has started recruiting staff who will be offered a unique perk.
The Cod’s Scallops has started transforming an empty unit in Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, which used to be home to frozen foods store Fultons Foods.
The firm, which already has two other restaurants in Wollaton and Carrington, in Nottinghamshire, received permission from Erewash Borough Council to create the Long Eaton outlet in August.
The Cod’s Scallops was established six years ago. In 2014, it was the national winner of the Best Newcomer Fish and Chip Awards in 2014.
The Cod’s Scallops was founded by John Molnar
Now, the company is hoping to have its first Derbyshire outlet open early next year.
Owner John Molnar said: “Work has commenced but with the Christmas break I haven’t got a definite date for opening – but I’d say mid to end of February.”
The new Long Eaton premises will be a 46-seater restaurant and takeaway, which will have a seaside decor.
Once open, as well as cod and haddock, customers will be able to sample sea bass, hake, salmon, monkfish and lobster, plus freshly caught seafood such as prawns, scallops, crab and oysters. It will also feature a wet fish counter.
The business will be opening in the former Fultons Foods premises
The business will be creating around 15 to 20 full-time jobs, for which it has now started recruiting.
And in what is believed to be a first for any fish and chip shop in the UK, staff will be offered private healthcare.
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Mr Molnar said: “I want to have good staff retention, with people working for me for years.
“I think recruitment is very difficult and you have got to offer over and above what other people offer. I’m fairly certain we will be the first fish and chip shop in the UK to do this.”
Anyone wanting to apply for a position is asked to email [email protected]
Source: Derby Telegraph