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Founder of Indian-inspired street food concept Rola Wala, Mark Wright, has told Propel he is looking to double the estate in the next 12 to 18 months as the company prepares to open its third site this week. Rola Wala will launch the new venue on Friday (24 November) at the Westgate Centre in Oxford, building on its existing outlets at the Trinity Leeds shopping centre and in Spitalfields in London, which opened earlier this year. Rola Wala will also launch its first franchise next year – in Dubai “with a company that shares the same values as us”. Wright said he saw opportunities for further growth with transport hubs being explored as a potential avenue. He added: “That’s certainly somewhere I would like to be as I think our food would appeal to rail and airport travellers. People are tired of the same options and demand better food and experiences, landlords need to encourage dwell time – we can deliver that on both fronts. We took a while to get our first site right, and then opened the next two sites within four months, now it’s all about nailing our multi-site operation. Given the simplicity of our offer, I think we have the potential to grow quickly both regionally and in London and while I’m taking it one step at a time I think we can double the UK estate in the next 12 to 18 months.” Wright, which began Rola Wala as a street food trader in London four years ago, said it had been a steep learning curve going to a retail environment but felt the operational set-up gave the business the perfect platform to expand. He added: “We’re effectively like a Subway in that we have a five-metre service counter but we serve healthy, freshly made Indian-inspired food and offer something different to the market. It means we can operate in small spaces and that helps with costs – we can go into a 300 square foot site. We’re keeping it simple in operational terms and building the business with smart, passionate people that believe in what we’re doing – critical to retaining the authenticity of our brand.” Rola Wala’s 55 square metre kiosk at Westgate will be based in the shopping centre’s new food and leisure area, Westgate Social.