MCA’s June edition coincides with venues being able to serve customers indoors for the first time since December 2020, albeit with restrictions.
In this issue we explore why this is a major step forward, as well as the growing anxiety that the Indian variant could delay the next phase of the roadmap.
In a number of flagship features, we delve into how the new owners of Leon, EG Group’s Issa brothers, will maintain the magic of the healthy fast-food brand after the departure of talismanic co-founder John Vincent.
In property, we examine whether there is a race for space in the suburbs and countryside, and how long the appeal of these destinations will last as we emerge from lockdown. In the first of a series of feature interviews in the wake our Retailers Retailer Awards, we speak to BrewDog president David McDowall, who discusses how the craft company has kept its independent spirit, despite becoming a well-established brand.
Elsewhere we have our regular columns from Dominic Walsh, Peter Martin and David Read, coverage from our weekly talk show The Conversation, as well as a round-up of all the essential news, people and openings. We hope you enjoy the edition.
MCA’s April edition marks the first month since December 2020 that venues have been able to serve customers. We examine how profitable outdoors trading realistically is for operators, and the challenges in coping with no-shows. Peter Martin gives a counter argument on calorie labelling, and suggests the industry won’t want to be on the wrong side of the obesity health crisis. Dom Walsh meanwhile unpicks what went wrong with Deliveroo’s IPO. MCA editor Finn Scott-Delany takes a critical look at Popeye’s bold UK expansion plans, while in an in-depth analysis, he unpicks how the government might adjudicate over the £2bn rent debts accumulated by the sector during months of closure. Elsewhere Chilango has launched a digital store – but does it risk losing the human touch of hospitality? We also round up highlights from our Food to Go Conference, featuring leadership insight from Pret, McDonald’s, Greggs and Tortilla, as well as the key talking points from The Conversation, and the latest news, people moves and openings from the past month.