MCA property roundable

The changing face of the high street

21 Dec 2018

As part of our Agenda series of roundtable discussions, MCA – in partnership with the Access Group – brought together property directors from across the sector at Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden. Led by James Wallin, here are the highlights from the day.

Morris Greenberg

Delivery no longer a major consideration in property decisions

31 Oct 2018

CDG Leisure’s MD Morris Greenberg, spoke to MCA about how the growth in delivery has impacted property decisions, where operators are looking in terms of location, and the fact the market is witnessing a plethora of dessert bar openings.

Mark Sheehan

Why the institutions have an insatiable appetite for pubs

12 Sep 2018

Turmoil in the retail market and the UK pensions crisis have shifted institutional property investment to an alternative sector. Mark Sheehan, of Coffer Corporate Leisure, explains why the public house market is offering stability and how both investors and operators can capitalise


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

The Hub Alehouse & Kitchen

Mission Mars secures Liverpool site from Bistro Qui?

14 Feb 2019

Manchester-based operator Mission Mars has acquired the Hub Alehouse & Kitchen in Liverpool City Centre on a leasehold basis, from Bistro Qui?

EiG commercial properties sale approved

08 Feb 2019

Ei Group shareholders have unanimously backed the disposal of the group’s commercial properties arm for £348m.


Shaftesbury updates on trading and pipeline

08 Feb 2019

West End landlord Shaftesbury has reported on the period from 1 October to 7 February, saying footfall and trading had been “robust”.

Dishoom Manchester

Dishoom and Vinoteca linked with Birmingham development

06 Feb 2019

Dishoom and Vinoteca have been linked with new openings in Birmingham.

Shelley Sandzer partners

Shelley Sandzer to establish international division

01 Feb 2019

Leisure property agency Shelley Sandzer has appointed co-founder Philip Sandzer to head up a new division that will work with international operators seeking to expand in the UK, as well as UK brands looking to establish a presence overseas.

Ted Schama, Shelley Sandzer

To CVA or not to CVA?

30 Jan 2019

The Company Voluntary Arrangement has been the solution of choice for several high-profile operators looking to reshape their businesses over the past few years. Ted Schama, of Shelley Sandzer, asks when the process will reach a saturation point and looks at other examples of how operators and landlords have negotiated a new way forward.

Polpo food

Polpo’s Notting Hill site on the market

10 Jan 2019

Polpo’s Notting Hill restaurant is being marketed by CDG Leisure, MCA has learnt.


Freehold pub prices up 6.9% in 2018

09 Jan 2019

The latest survey of pub prices by Fleurets has shown freehold prices growing 6.9% in 2018 to an average of £445,537.

TGI Fridays Coventry Street

Happy Bar & Grill secures prime London TGI site

04 Jan 2019

Happy Bar & Grill, the Bulgarian restaurant chain, is to make its debut in the UK after taking on the TGI Fridays site in London’s Coventry Street.

Vagabond Victoria

Vagabond set for St Paul's

03 Jan 2019

Vagabond Wines, the wine shop, bar and deli concept, is looking to open in St Paul’s for its seventh London site, MCA understands.

Cured Bar taken on by former Lukin team

20 Dec 2018

Cured Bar, the bar and diner in Liverpool Road, Islington, has been taken on by the former team behind The Lukin pub in Fitzrovia after being marketed at a guide price of £125,000.

Brick & liquor

Brick & Liquor disposes of both sites

19 Dec 2018

Cocktail bar concept Brick & Liquor has sold its two sites, with the operators saying they will return in 2019 with new projects.

The Gun, Spitalfields

Star secures record tied lease for Sptialfields site

19 Dec 2018

Star Pubs & Bars is understood to have set a nationwide record for a pub company tied lease at The Gun in Spitalfields.

Time Out Market

Time Out secures Market site in Waterloo

13 Dec 2018

Time Out has announced that it has finally secured a site for a London market, with an opening in Waterloo due in 2021.


Signorelli and Figo join IQL development

07 Dec 2018

Italian restaurant Figo and East London bakery Signorelli have signed to International Quarter London (IQL) development in Stratford.

Giggling Squid food

Giggling Squid poised to take on former CAU site in Leamington Spa

07 Dec 2018

Giggling Squid has been granted a premise license for the former CAU site in Leamington Spa.