All Fulham Shore articles

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    News

    Fulham Shore sees sales up for first week indoors

    2021-05-28T07:35:00Z

    Fulham Shore saw group revenues at around 103% of the levels seen in a similar week in 2019, during its first full week of indoor trading, with like-for-like sales at around 92% of their levels two years’ ago.

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    News

    Fulham Shore presented with new sites on almost daily basis

    2021-04-23T07:43:00Z

    Fulham Shore is continuing on its search for new locations for both its Franco Manca and The Real Greek businesses and is being presented with “excellent potential retail locations, almost on a daily basis”.

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    Interviews

    David Page: ‘It’s a frustrating experience, not being in charge’

    2021-01-29T08:14:00Z

    Franco Manca chairman David Page has spoken of the frustration, but inevitability, of working with delivery partners during the pandemic.

  • Franco Manca
    News

    Fulham Shore eyes low rent property

    2020-11-25T08:25:00Z

    Franco Manca operator Fulham Shore will continue to take advantage of properties coming to the market at “ever lower rents”, the company has said in a financial update.

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    News

    Fulham Shore predicts a promising future

    2020-10-15T07:26:00Z

    Fulham Shore has said sales were up 7% to £68.6m before the full impact of the coronavirus as it revealed its results for the year to March 2020. It opened seven Franco Manca pizzerias and two Real Greek restaurants. It currently has 68 of its 70 restaurants open, including one new Franco Manca site, taking the total to 52. It said the business has “emerged in robust shape from this critical period” and without the coronavirus sales would have “exceeded market expectations”. “Franco Manca and The Real Greek are popular with the public,” it said. “Fulham Shore is well capitalised and we have ample headroom in our borrowing facilities.

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    News

    Hugh Osmond: ‘Even big chains can’t afford rent backlog’

    2020-09-01T07:08:00Z

    If something isn’t done to deal with the rental backlog, hospitality will see a huge number of business closures, Hugh Osmond has warned.

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    Opinion

    Peter Martin: ‘Eat Out to Help Out an opportunity to consolidate consumer connection’

    2020-08-19T07:07:00Z

    Operators must utilise what time remains of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to consolidate a consumer connection, and encourage a return visit, MCA’s The Conversation has heard.

  • The Real Greek
    News

    Fulham Shore chairman David Page: ‘Crises create opportunities’

    2020-08-19T07:07:00Z

    The outlook for many in casual dining may appear bleak, but as in any crisis, there will be plenty of opportunities for its survivors, Fulham Shore chairman David Page has said. Speaking at MCA’s The Conversation, Page turned to his own experience as an industry veteran to reassure operators that with the right concept and the right team, the post-coronavirus fallout could be beneficial to them in the long-term.

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    Opinion

    Peter Martin: Impact of weather on consumer behaviour the “one thing that hasn’t changed”

    2020-08-18T07:50:00Z

    British weather, in all its unreliability, is the single most unchanging factor in its impact on consumer behaviour, MCA’s The Conversation has heard. Speaking at the event, MCA contributing editor Peter Martin told attendees that in his ten years of operating the Coffer Peach Business Tracker – a sector sales tracker produced by CGA in association with The Coffer Group and RSM – “the weather is the one thing that hasn’t changed over the years.”

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    Opinion

    Dominic Walsh: Casual dining one of ‘big losers’ of pandemic

    2020-08-17T07:48:00Z

    It used to be so simple. Come up with a restaurant concept and a brand, open one restaurant, then a second, then aim for five outlets then ten and 20, and if it’s still working, press the button on a nationwide rollout. Well, something like that, anyway.

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    News

    Fulham Shore - sales around 72% on previous year

    2020-08-06T07:47:00Z

    Fulham Shore has released a trading update and announced a fundraise as it looks to fight its way though the coronavirus crisis. It said it has 49 out of 51 Franco Manca sites open, and 14 out of 18 Real Greek restaurants open, and though social distancing means they are only operating at between 60-70% of their previous capacity, this has “to some extent” been compensated by an increase in delivery and takeaway sales. It said in the four weeks since 6 July, like-for-like restaurant sales at reopened sites were around 72% year on year.

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    News

    Operators announce next wave of reopenings

    2020-06-05T11:14:00Z

    Dishoom and Crussh are among the latest operators to open their doors this week, whilst the reopening programmes of Loungers, Turtle Bay, Franco Manca and more have started to pick up momentum. Of the larger to-go operators, KFC, McDonald’s and Costa have reached reopening milestones this week, whilst Greggs announced a significant acceleration in its reopening plans.

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    Interviews

    What it’s like to operate in lockdown part five: Franco Manca

    2020-05-01T13:01:00Z

    Franco Manca opened five stores for delivery and collection on Friday after a two week in trial in Chiswick. David Page, chairman of parent company Fulham Shore, talks to MCA about the benefits of flat sharing pizzaiolas and why pre-coronavirus rents are not going to happen again.

  • Franco Manca
    News

    Fulham Shore confident it will thrive again on return

    2020-03-23T08:47:00Z

    Franco Manca and Real Greek operator Fulham Shore is confident it will thrive once the market returns to normal.

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    News

    Fulham Shore reports hike in sales and lift in profits

    2019-12-16T08:07:00Z

    Fulham Shore, which operates Franco Manca and The Real Greek, has said sales were up 9.3% to £36m for the six months ended 29 September 2019. Pre-tax profits were £1.4m, compared to a £0.1m loss the previous year. It opened six Franco Manca sites and one Real Greek site during the period, and has also opened one of each since September. It now has 51 Franco Manca sites and 18 Real Greek sites.

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    News

    Franco Manca lines up Aldgate site

    2019-08-15T06:59:00Z

    Franco Manca looks set to open a further London restaurant, in Aldgate, MCA understands.

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    Opinion

    ​Shored up: Franco Manca bounces back

    2019-07-17T07:51:00Z

    Italian casual dining is still dangerously overexposed, but Franco Manca has bucked the trend of consolidation and CVAs with its razor-sharp focus on food, service and value. After posting a year of growth and promising a new expansion drive, MCA’s Finn Scott-Delany speaks to Fulham Shore chairman David Page.

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    News

    Franco Manca operator to up expansion this year

    2019-07-16T07:39:00Z

    Franco Manca operator Fulham Shore will increase its openings programme this financial year after achieving EBITDA of £7.1m – up from £5.5m in 2018.

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    News

    Franco Manca heading to Piccadilly Gardens

    2019-03-27T08:16:00Z

    Franco Manca, the Fulham Shore pizza concept, is eyeing Piccadilly Gardens for its first Manchester site.

  • Patisserie Valerie
    News

    Encouraging bids for Patisserie Valerie

    2019-02-05T08:39:00Z

    The administrators of Patisserie Holdings have confirmed they have received a number of offers for the business, with a number now being taken forward.