By M&C Report team2004-12-05T08:25:00+00:00
MCA caught up with Ralph Findlay, chief executive of Marston’s, following the group’s Q3 trading update. He discussed the group’s increasing focus on premium pubs and the benefits of a technology upgrade. While describing the pingdemic as a “severe headache” and voicing concerns around VAT and price rises, he was nonetheless optimistic about the pub sector’s potential for recovery.
Marston’s Q3 trading update has been welcomed by analysts, with Shore Capital describing it as an “encouraging update”, while Singer described it as “highly pleasing.” With limited impact from either cost inflation and pingdemic related labour issues analysts either maintained or upgraded to a buy recommendation.
Mitchells & Butlers is seeing ”signs of improvement” in trading following the easing of restrictions from July 19. Sales have been “volatile” since May 17, experiencing strong sales during the first five weeks, followed by slower than average trading, with city-centre sites most impacted.
Boparan Restaurant Group’s new Restaurant Hub concept will look to capitalise on the residential delivery catchment of its Sainsbury’s location, and make its brands more part of customers’ everyday lives, MD Satnam Leihal has told MCA.
Five Guys, Taco Bell, and Pollo To Go have been signed up for Xscape Yorkshire in Castleford, Landsec’s leisure and entertainment destination.
Côte executive chair Jane Holbrook is looking to ‘do a Wagamama’ on the French brasserie brand and make it one of the stand-out performers in the market. Joining last year with new owners Partners Group – an acquisition which won Deal of the Year at MCA’s Retailer’s Retailer Awards – she shares her vision for the restaurant group, and why it must become more relevant and contemporary to win over a new generation of customers.
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