The Restaurant Group to put more than half of the sites it operates in Northern Ireland on the market.

The company has confirmed that four of the 33 properties it is closing are in the country.

The package, which is being handled Savills, comprises four Frankie & Benny’s restaurants, located in Ballymena, Bangor, Coleraine and Londonderry as well as the Chiquito in Victoria Square, Belfast.

However, the group has said a further three Frankie & Benny’s will remain open and where possible staff from the closed sites will be redeployed.

Paul Wilson, of Savills, said: “This is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a portfolio of restaurant units, ranging from approximately 3,600 sq ft to 6,750 sq ft at some of the most prominent retail destinations across Northern Ireland.

“Each location has a strong retail and/or leisure offering and a high calibre of neighbouring A3 occupiers, making it an ideal location for a food and beverage operator to either acquire multiple sites to provide a critical mass or as individual outlets.”