The opportunity

Mexican restaurant chain El Mexicana is offering prospective franchisees the opportunity to be part of its growing success. Launched in 2011, the chain has twenty stores across the UK in shopping centres, motorway service areas and city centres across the UK, with further openings planned throughout 2018. Serving a fresh and authentic menu in a relaxed and friendly environment, the chain has proved popular with customers and landlords alike.

With Mexican food now seen as a 'must have' in a food court or other food retail environment, there's never been a better time to get involved. El Mexicana have 'ready to go' openings in several prime locations, all of them in prominent shopping areas with significant footfall. These exciting opportunities are sure to be snapped up fast so if you are interested, please get in touch at the bottom of the page for further information on how you can share in the success of this fast-growing business.

What does the package provide?

Full support is offered at every step of the franchise process, from site selection onwards.

We have a simple operating method and provide comprehensive training and support.

The site selection process is handled by our experienced property team and we provide guidance when dealing with landlords.

We provide a turn-key set up, a minimum of three weeks on- site training and active, ongoing operational support from our friendly, focused team.

De-skilled operation without compromising on authenticity and freshness

The brand owner visits all stores on a regular basis from new openings to those which have been operating since the very beginning.


  • Set up costs – Franchise fee £15k, legal costs £1.5k
  • Complete build cost, depending on location and structural works required £100k - £160k
  • Management finance fee of 7%
  • HSBC offers up to 70% finance
  • As little as £30k liquid cash required
  • Profit margin on food circa 70%

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people with the following attributes:

  • Sound business thinker
  • Energetic hands-on approach
  • A desire to learn and willingness to work in a structured way
  • A friendly manner
  • Sufficient finances
  • Catering or retail experience helpful but not necessary


Currently located in a range of motorway services, shopping centres and high streets across the country to guarantee footfall. Locations can be sourced in preferred areas.

Hear from some of our franchisees

"I've worked for El Mexicana for some time. I know and trust the brand and have seen it grow over the years; I recognised that this was a great opportunity for me."

Lisa James, Franchisee

"I spent a few years living in London and witnessed an overnight explosion of good-quality Mexican quick service restaurants. After meeting with El Mexicana on a number of occasions, they stood out as the brand with the most ambition, potential and above all, a solid financial and operational model."

Nick Carter, Franchisee

"I have not been disappointed; I have had El Mexicana's support every step of the way, with room to give my valued opinion and to make my own business decisions and still feel empowered."

Kevin Daly, Franchisee

What our franchiser partners say

What our franchiser partners say

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  • Investment Level
  • £100,000 - £Over £250,000
  • Place of Operation
  • High Street Retail
  • Secondary Retail
  • Restaurant Based
  • Dedicated Premises Based
  • Franchise Type
  • Single Unit Franchises
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