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Nando's opens in Dorchester's Brewery Square
The Portuguese-themed restaurant chain has given employment to 23 people from Dorchester, Weymouth and surrounding areas.
It will also do its bit to help its chosen local charity, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
At the opening, Matt Smith, Weldmar community fundraiser, said: “As their charity we are going to be doing a lot of things in-store, lots of promotions with lots of involvement from the Nando’s staff.
“We came in and gave a talk to the staff last week about the charity and we’re so pleased to have been chosen by Nando’s.
“Anywhere we can get involved with a new business in the area is just brilliant- this will really help boost our much-needed funds.”
Nando’s Dorchester general manager Caroline Gubbins said: “We are very excited to be officially opening today.
“We’ve done lots of dry-runs and lots of training and the staff are doing great.
“We are very pleased to be part of the Brewery Square development.
“We hope that it’s going to bring lots more people in to Dorchester.”