The Real Eating Company, the Brighton-based group, plans to open further café sites next year, after reporting a “significant increase in turnover and profitability” from its existing three sites. The company, which operates cafes Horsham, Bournemouth and Chichester, is currently in talks to open a second site in Horsham and one in Brighton. Managing director Helena Hudson told M&C Report that if they reach a successful conclusion with landlords, both new sites should be open by spring 2012. She said that other immediate target towns for the group are Guildford, Southampton, Winchester, Windsor, Eastbourne, Reigate, with openings in shopping centre developments also being looked at. Positioned as an independent High Street, British alternative to larger café competitors such as Caffe Nero, Eat, Costa, Pret a Manger, the Real Eating Company cafes in Horsham, Bournemouth and Chichester have proved to be resilient in the current economic climate with the most recent, and first stand-alone, site in Chichester making a significant contribution to these results. Hudson said: “We are pleased that the cafes are performing so well and that they have managed to carve a place for themselves in an extremely competitive, dynamic market. We have worked hard to establish a distinct model with a strong and changing food offer driving a higher transactional value than our peers and with table service adding to customer enjoyment. This is a very strong position from which to expand.” The group recently has sold its Hove-based restaurant as it rationalises it estate to focus on the café and deli side of its business. It also operates a restaurant in Lewes.