Patisserie Holdings, the upmarket cafe operator, has continued with the regional expansion of its Patisserie Valerie chain, securing sites in Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Leicester and Reading The chain will open its 51st site in Bury St Edmunds this weekend and has also secured a further unit in Sutton. The opening will take the chain to 55 sites in total. Patisserie Valerie, which is led by chief executive Paul May, has previously talked about taking the chain to over a 100 sites in the UK, plus 15 in the Middle East, where it currently operates two franchise stores in Bahrain and Dubai respectively. Patisserie Holdings, which is backed by Luke Johnson's Risk Capital Partners, currently operates an estate of 82 cafes in total including four Baker & Spice-branded units in London and 28 Druckers outlets.