Plans for two new drive-thru outlets on the northern outskirts of Carlisle are currently being considered by the council, with one franchise rumoured to open their first branch in the city.

An application form was handed into Carlisle City Council in October by a representative of the EG Group for two lots to be placed in the Asda car park on Chandler Way.

It is thought that fast food outlet LEON will occupy one of the drive-thru units. The chain opened their first store on London’s Carnaby Street in 2004 and was bought over last year by the Blackburn-based EG Group. The company, owned by brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa, took over Asda in a £6.8 billion deal in 2020.

LEON offers a healthier take in the fast food market, by offering nutritious meals and an array of vegan and vegetarian options.

Speaking about new businesses making their way to Carlisle, Cllr Jo Ellis-Williams said: “I think it’s great that they’re wanting to come to the city, our economy drives prosperity. New businesses mean new jobs for those out of work and any new venture is beneficial for the economy. LEON, although a fast-food outlet, could argue that they have healthier options than other businesses. Their menu looks great.”

A spokesperson for LEON said: “We have a really exciting year coming up with lots of new openings, including our brand-new drive-thrus, which will be popping up across the UK.”