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  • Frankie and Bennys

    Restaurant Group CVA is ‘reshaping the face of casual dining’


    The Restaurant Group’s announcement yesterday that it is proposing a CVA for it’s long-troubled leisure division was a major, if not entirely unsurprising development, in a coronavirus-dominated news cycle. Under the proposals, the company voluntary arrangement will allow for a restructure of the estate, which will see it exit 125 ...

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    Restaurant Group in talks over leisure restructure


    The Restaurant Group has confirmed it is in discussions with landlords regarding “potential restructuring options” of its leisure estate.

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    TRG to close up to 120 sites


    The Restaurant Group is to permanently close between 100 and 120 of its leisure brands sites.

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    TRG appoints Chambers as leisure brands CEO


    The Restaurant Group has appointed Mark Chambers to the new position of CEO of its leisure brands.

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    Gunwharf Quays – Restaurant and retail therapy a plenty!


    With more than 30 bars, cafés and restaurants (as well as over 90 shops) Gunwharf Quays offers an abundance of opportunities for plenty of remedial treatment. Supported by its impressive waterfront location, attractive design and assorted leisure-related reasons to visit, Gunwharf Quays is one of the UK’s finest outlet shopping centres. So amongst some Christmas shopping, I was keen to see how it is using its extensive assortment of Food & Beverage purveyors to both restore weary shoppers as well as to act as a footfall driver in its own right. But also, and more critically, I was keener to see some something new and surprising.

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    Deliveroo launches click and collect service


    Deliveroo has launched its long-awaited click and collect service, Pickup, which is currently available from 13 cities in the UK.

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    Opinion: TRG has a spicy star in Wagamama


    There are 135 reasons why the new Restaurant Group CEO, Andy Hornby, can feel positive about the future. That’s how many Wagamama sites there are in the UK and each one is crucial to TRG (it also has five in the US and 57 franchises elsewhere around the world).

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    Analysis & Insight

    Mixed wag: TRG leisure estate continues to drag


    Former HBOS boss Andy Hornby might have hoped for a smooth introduction to the sector yesterday after joining The Restaurant Group as CEO in August.

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    Restaurant Group writes off £125m amid ‘structurally unattractive’ leisure estate review


    The Restaurant Group has written off £125m - nearly £100m related to its leisure restaurant business - as it faces continued retail decline and saturated local markets.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Crepe expectations


    Daniel Spinath, founder and chief executive of Crepeaffaire, talks with Jo Bruce about cinema sites in Saudi Arabia, savoury waffles, cocktails and being an entertainment company.

  • Frankie and Bennys

    TRG brings 22 more sites to market


    The Restaurant Group (TRG) has confirmed it is marketing 22 sites as part of a process to rationalise its estate.

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    TRG appoints brand strategy director


    The Restaurant Group has promoted Elise Ash to the role of strategy and brand director, MCA understands.

  • Frankie and Bennys

    TRG promotes Humphries to Frankie and Benny’s MD


    The Restaurant Group has promoted Ollie Humphries to managing director of its Frankie & Benny’s brand, MCA understands.

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    Analysts corner: Wagamama


    On the back of Wagamama’s Q2 trading update (see below), Peel Hunt analysts Douglas Jack and Ivor Jones have noted that costs “continue to surge”. They take a look at the prospects for the brand and its new parent company, The Restaurant Group, throughout 2019.

  • Opinion

    Analysts corner: Peel Hunt on TRG


    Peel Hunt analysts Douglas Jack and Ivor Jones have updated their comments on The Restaurant Group’s bid for Wagamama, saying yesterday’s rights issue announcement failed to address the key issues. They set out some of the questions they believe investors should be asking of the group.

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    Analysts corner: Goodbody on TRG/Wagamama deal


    There have been a range of positive and negative reactions from analysts following the proposed sale of Wagamama to The Restaurant Group, but despite some concerns Goodbody feels is it a deal that can deliver.

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    TRG gambles big on Wagamama deal


    The Restaurant Group (TRG) chief executive Andy McCue has rolled the dice and landed on Wagamama – arguably the UK restaurant sector’s best-in-class concept. It is a gamble that many would argue the Frankie & Benny’s operator had to take, but – with TRG’s shareholder still to OK the deal – what does it mean for both businesses and for the wider sector, asks Mark Wingett.

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    In other news


    Whilst last week’s news was dominated by the fast-moving story at Patisserie Holdings, the last month has shone a light on a number of other companies in the sector, which are faced with their own issues and questions about their future. Mark Wingett gives his thoughts on the Coaching Inn Group; TGI Fridays; Five Guys; The Restaurant Group (TRG); and Gordon Ramsay.

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    Analysts corner: Edison and Goodbody on TRG


    While The Restaurant Group’s H1 trading update this morning might not have looked too rosy on the surface, the fact it is mid-turnaround meant a 3.7% drop in like-for-likes was actually no worse than expected, according to analyst Edison, which shares its views of the results alongside Goodbody.

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    TRG sees lfls down 3.7%; total sales down 2.1%


    The Restaurant Group (TRG) has announced a decline in like-for-like (lfl) sales of 3.7%, while total sales are down 2.1% to £326.1m (2017: £333.1m), for the 26 weeks to 1 July 2018.