The founders of Chopped, local TDs and Kildare footballers at the launch
Twenty new jobs have been created with the opening of Chopped, the Healthy Food Company, which was officially launched on Saturday at the Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge.
More jobs could be on the way as the owners confirmed further recruitment is planned in the coming months.
Brian Lee, co-founder and managing director said: “We are extremely excited to be expanding our Chopped brand outside of Dublin and into the heart of Kildare. It is clear that more and more Irish consumers want affordable healthy food options and that is exactly what our unique Chopped experience will be providing to the people of Newbridge.”
He said the stores cater for a diverse range of people from students to busy professionals.
“I am looking forward to opening more and more Chopped outlets across Ireland and hopefully a few more in Kildare,” he added.
Located in the food court at the shopping centre, it is the fifteenth Chopped store in Ireland.
Celebrating the official opening were Chopped founders Brian Lee and Andy Chen, TD’s for South Kildare, Fiona O’Loughlin, and Martin Heydon, Kildare footballers Daryl Flynn and Gary White, Dublin footballer Paddy Andrews as well as many local business people and shoppers.
Chopped was born through a love of fitness and the lack of healthy food available to people wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. Brian and Andy saw a gap in the food market for ‘healthy fast food’, food outlets where people could go to find the exact food and meal plans they needed to fuel their training.
Chopped offers customers lettuce selections, garden fresh vegetables, salad dressings, and more than 30 ingredients are ‘chopped’ and freshly dressed into your salad bowl or savoury wrap. To make it more interesting, you can ‘create your own salad’ and choose from some very special dressings, all of which are gluten and dairy free.