All PizzaExpress articles – Page 8

  • High street
    Analysis & Insight

    The changing face of the high street


    The sector’s role in reviving the UK’s high street was a key topic of debate at MCA’s Restaurant Conference earlier this month. James Wallin discusses how operators are adapting to appeal to a new breed of consumer and what the industry needs to be demanding of Government to do this.

  • Blazing Bird
    Analysis & Insight

    The virtual world becomes reality


    Virtual restaurants might sound like a computergenerated fabrication – but the food they delivery is very much a physical reality, and it’s growing. As the major delivery companies start to push into restaurant brands, Finn Scott-Delany examines the lie of the land.

  • Opinion

    Smile and smile and be a crocodile


    In his latest Going Global column, international franchising expert, Jasper Reid, looks at the questions brands should be asking to ensure any move overseas is a smart commercial decision.

  • Opinion

    Pizza Hut seeks marginal gains in a heated market


    While the restaurant sector was seeing an explosion of growth, Pizza Hut Restaurants remained focused on consolidating and investing in its estate. Chief executive Jens Hofma, who led the management buyout of the business this year, talks to James Wallin about a return to growth, his concerns about the sector’s obsession with like-for-like sales growth over protecting margins and his frustration that responsible operators have been penalised in the CVA era.

  • The Red Lion

    Firezza co-founder to launch pizza-pub concept with Santa Maria


    Firezza co-founder Edin Basic has gone into partnership with Santa Maria for a new pizza and pub concept, MCA has learnt.

  • PizzaExpress at Welcome Break

    PizzaExpress lfls down 0.7% in H1 2018


    PizzaExpress’ UK & Ireland business saw like-for-like (lfl) sales drop 0.7% in the first half of the year, due to the impact of adverse weather earlier this year.

  • Pizza Hut Leeds

    Pizza Hut CEO pledges to protect margins over lfl growth


    Jens Hofma, chief executive of Pizza Hut Restaurants UK, has told MCA he believes the industry is obsessed with like-for-like growth ahead of protecting margins and that the brand will not be drawn back into the discounting wars.

  • YO! Sushi

    YO! FY lfls up 4%


    YO! Sushi, the Mayfair Equity Partners-backed group, saw like-for-like sales increase by 4% in the year to 27 November 2017, as EBITDA increased from £7m to £8.5m.

  • Simon French

    The winds of change


    Sector analyst Simon French looks at the key trends affecting the eating and drinking-out sector in 2018, including the increasing importance of convenience and effective use of technology. He also discusses the differing approaches of some of the industry’s most notable investors, and why argues that now is not the time for operators to ease up on innovation.

  • MeatLiquor interior

    MEATliquor set for Battersea


    MEATliquor, the Scott Collins-led group, is to add a further site in London, with an opening in Battersea

  • PizzaExpress exterior

    Jones steps down from PizzaExpress


    Mark Jones is to step down as property director at PizzaExpress, the Hony Capital-backed chain, after over six years with the company, MCA understands.

  • Proove

    L&G signs new restaurant operators to Valley Centertainment


    Legal & General (L&G) has agreed deals with two new restaurant operators at Valley Centertainment Leisure Park in Sheffield – Proove and Thirty Nine Desserts.

  • Lussmanns

    How Lussmanns hopes to attract new customers and accelerate expansion


    Founder Andrei Lussmann speaks to MCA’s sister-title Food Spark about how he’s targeting the younger demographic and his plans for breaking out of Hertfordshire

  • News

    Griffin joins BK as people and culture director


    Tamara Griffin, formerly of Leon, has joined Burger King UK as its new people and culture director

  • Abokado summer menu
    Analysis & Insight

    Summer menu round up: tapping the veggie, vegan and wellness trends


    All Bar Bar One has introduced four new vegan dishes as part of Wellness Wednesday 2-4-1, Abokado has got into poke, while PizzaExpress is hoping more veggie options will continue to drive sales growth now that a third of its pizzas are meatless.

  • Welcome Break Birchanger

    Welcome Break appoints finance transformation director


    Welcome Break, the UK’s largest roadside services operator, has appointed Paul Roy, as its new finance transformation director.

  • Firezza

    New waffle and crepes concept to replace Soho Firezza


    A new crepes and waffle concept is to launch in London, on the site of the Firezza restaurant in Soho

  • News

    PizzaExpress hires group strategy director


    PizzaExpress, the Hony Capital-backed chain, has hired consultant Isabel Greiner as its new group strategy director

  • Cote

    Cote signs up for Basingstoke


    Côte, the BC Partners-backed group, is opening at Basingstoke’s Festival Place shopping centre.

  • Prezzo Beckenham

    Prezzo hires restaurant support director


    Prezzo, the TPG Capital-owned chain, has appointed Jon Green, formerly of PizzaExpress and Tragus, as a restaurant support director.