Franco Manca has signed a partnership with Debenhams to open a concession unit at the department store operator’s Westfield White City site.

The new partnership is part of Debenhams plans to open a further 30 food concession offers by October

In a trading update this morning, the company said: “Our plan to increase casual dining options across the Debenhams store estate is making good progress, with a further 30 food offers planned to open by the autumn, so that approximately 40% of our stores will have a new food offer by Christmas 2016.

“Westfield White City will increase its food offers to three with the opening of Italian restaurant concept, Franco Manca, and we are planning to launch another new casual dining partnership in our modernised Lakeside store.”

The group has already introduced concessions from Ed’s Easy Diner, Joe and The Juice and Patisserie Valerie into its estate.

Chief executive Michael Sharp said: “Our strategy remains unchanged, with further progress in driving our non-clothing mix, continuing to improve service for multi-channel customers, and offering a wider choice of products and services in under-optimised space.”