Healthy fast food chain Freshly Chopped has agreed a six-figure deal to open up two new outlets in Cyprus, as the company begins its expansion across Europe.

The company said its first store in Cyprus - in the country's capital of Nicosia - will be opened in early 2018.

This will be followed by a restaurant in Larnaca before Freshly Chopped continues its rollout across the island.

The new outlets in Cyprus will join the 30 existing Freshly Chopped outlets across the island of Ireland.

The franchise deal agreed with Karen Polyviou begins as an area licensing agreement with plans to expand to a master agreement for Cyprus and Greece by 2019. 

A family run business with retail franchise experience, the Polyvious first experienced Freshly Chopped at Terminal One in Dublin Airport. 

In a statement, Freshly Chopped said that the Cypriot outlets will take on board local culinary tastes and will adjust the menu to include locally sourced ingredients. 

"Our first outlet in Cyprus mark a significant step in our journey but this is still just the beginning," the company's co-founder and managing director Brian Lee said. 

"Our ultimate dream is to be as big as McDonald's, with a Freshly Chopped on every street corner across the globe. We're hoping to see this happen sooner rather than later and we're in advanced talks to see Freshly Chopped outlets opening in even more countries across the world," Mr Lee added.