Give lease a chance

14 Jun 2018

Shaftesbury is known for its forward-thinking approach to leasing, which has helped maintain the West End as a dynamic place to eat out. Julia Wilkinson discusses this pioneering approach, food and drink trends across the portfolio, and the evolution of Chinatown into a diverse Pan Asian offer with Finn Scott-Delany

Clive Watson

City Pub Group acquires third Brighton site

07 Aug 2018

City Pub Group has completed the acquisition of the Alfresco seafront Italian restaurant and bar in Brighton, MCA understands.

Neil Morgan, Christie & Co

Christie & Co: Plenty more M&A activity to come in 2018

01 Aug 2018

Christie & Co’s Neil Morgan has told MCA that he is tracking a number of portfolio deals likely to happen this year.

The Ivy has pulled out of plans to open on Exeter High Street.

The Ivy pulls out of Exeter site

13 Jul 2018

The Ivy has pulled out of plans to open on Exeter High Street.

Bramley Bars, Lord Poulett

Bramley Bars makes it three

13 Jul 2018

Bramley Bars has acquired the Lord Poulett inn in Hinton St George, Somerset, for an undisclosed sum, taking its portfolio of pubs to three.

Abbey Inns sells Southampton site

06 Jul 2018

Abbey Inns has sold the former Wild Lime bar in Portswood Southampton to the operators of the city’s Heartbreakers bar.

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Colliers calls for reform of retail lease structure

20 Jun 2018

Colliers International has put forward a five-point plan that its says represents a “radical reshaping of the lease model” in the retail sector.


Savills instructed to market Happyland Bournemouth

08 Jun 2018

Savills has been instructed to market Happyland in Bournemouth to seek potential interest in a prime development on the seafront site.

NewRiver Retail's Allan Lockhart

NewRiver acquires Essex site for £20.2m

07 Jun 2018

NewRiver has announced the acquisition of Grays Shopping Centre in Essex, for £20.2m.


Mercato Metropolitano confirms multiple talks in new London sites

01 Jun 2018

Mercato Metropolitano, the Milan founded food hall concept, has confirmed it is in talks on a number of sites in the capital, and expects to open two more in London, as well as several in Europe, MCA has learnt.

Andy Scott

Are landlord-only CVAs prolonging the slow death of the high street?

31 May 2018

REL Capital chairman Andy Scott asks if the latest wave of CVAs is being used as a disingenuous attempt by high street brands to dodge their rent commitments


YiFang secures first UK sites

25 May 2018

Taiwanese fruit tea brand, YiFang, which launched its first permanent UK site today, has secured a second location due to open in early summer.

Time Out Market

Time Out Market Spitalfields inquiry closes

25 May 2018

Closing statements will be heard today in the appeal inquiry over Time Out’s plans to bring its Market concept to Spitalfields.

Research highlights impact of rents and rates on operators

17 May 2018

Rocketing rents and rates are “unmanageable” for 84% of London restaurateurs, a survey has revealed.

Spanish operator secures former Dstrkt site

15 May 2018

Spanish club operator Costa Este group has taken on the former Dstrkt club site, the Evening Standard reports.

Draughts confirms Leake Street Arches site

10 May 2018

Draughts Café, the games board café concept has confirmed to MCA its second site will be in the Leake Street Arches, near Waterloo Station.

Mother Clucker confirms Exmouth Market opening

02 May 2018

Mother Clucker, the fried chicken street food concept, has confirmed its debut bricks and mortar site in Exmouth Market, as flagged up by MCA in January.

Grand Union founder confirms new brand launch

01 May 2018

Grand Union founder Adam Marshall’s new concept, Huckster, has been confirmed for British Land’s 4 Kingdom Street development at Paddington, as revealed by MCA in February.

Shake Shack confirms City opening

01 May 2018

Shake Shack has confirmed it is to open its first site in the City of London, as revealed by MCA last month.

Market Halls eyes York opening

26 Apr 2018

Market Halls has put in planning application to open a food hall at Stonebow House in York.



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The Restaurant Conference - 19 Sept 2018 - London

What is the next chapter for restaurant brands? Looking beyond the headlines on the casual dining sector, we will look at what growth looks like for a restaurant brand in 2018. Join the conversation with Karen Jones, Prezzo; Jon Knight, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group; Dennis Deare, Miller & Carter; Zoe Bowley, PizzaExpress; and many more… View agenda and book >

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