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    Wagamama announces reopening plans


    Wagamama has confirmed about half of its estate will open for outdoor dining next month.

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    Emma Woods: Retailer’s Retailer of the Year


    Wagamama CEO Emma Woods was named Retailers’ Retailer of the Year 2021 at a virtual ceremony last night. 

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    Retailer’s Retailer Awards winners revealed 2021


    Emma Woods, chief executive of Wagamama has been named Retailer’s Retailer of the Year at MCA’s 2021 Retailer’s Retailer Awards.

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    Wagamama and Nando’s buck the trend on outlet numbers


    Wagamama and Nando’s are leading growth in branded restaurants, as the segment faces outlet decline of 0.5% in 2021, Lumina Intelligence’s Operator Data Index indicates.


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    Make sure you cast your vote in MCA’s Retailer’s Retailer of the Year Awards, as we count down to the big event on 11 March.

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    Sales up at Wagamama


    Wagamama has reported strong results for both eat in and delivery in Q3, seeing an uplift in sales and EBITDA.

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    Peter Martin: Creating the playbook


    When David Campbell took on the top job at Wagamama one of the first things he did was start to read. The book was The Way of the Noodle, part written and inspired by Wagamama’s enigmatic creator Alan Yau.

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    Farquhar departs Wagamama


    Wagamama chief marketing officer Ross Farquhar has left the TRG-owned restaurant group.

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    Eat Out to Help Out a billion pound bonanza


    Eat Out to Help Out has worked better than expected. With four days left of the scheme, 64 million meals have been ‘sold’ with 84,000 restaurants taking part, many of whom are yet to claim their money back meaning the final number of discounted meals will be far higher. Particularly as the scheme has become more popular as the weeks have gone on. Week one hit 10 million meals, in week two the total tripled to over 30 million. So it’s on a trajectory to hit, or even exceed, 100 million meals. If all of those claim back the maximum £10, Rishi could be looking at settling up a billion-pound bill, a bit like when you order lots of sides in Wagamama.

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    Karen Jones: Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace?


    So it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, pay day for many and the last EOTHO on Bank Holiday Monday. Many of our restaurants and pubs across the UK will be very busy and it seems an opportune moment to remind ourselves of the vital importance of all our places fully supporting NHS Test and Trace. Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace? Because hospitality offers safe spaces for people to enjoy being with friends and family. Because we are often at the centre of our communities and high streets. We have a real responsibility to keep our customers, our teams and our communities safe and well. NHS Test and Trace is a powerful way to do just that: collecting and providing the information to help break the chain of transmission and control the virus.

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    Haidilao launches first regional site


    Haidilao, China’s largest hot pot restaurant chain, is to open its first regional site in the UK.

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    Wagamama announces double closure following business review


    Wagamama is to permanently close two of its London sites, including its ‘noodle lab’ in Soho. The pan-Asian chain, which is owned by The Restaurant Group (TRG), says it made the decision following a review of the company’s portfolio brought about by a ‘marked shift’ in customer demand caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the review, it has been decided that Wagamama’s Mansion House restaurant, as well as its ‘noodle lab’ test kitchen on Dean Street, are no longer economically viable, and both sites have been closed.

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    Wagamama to reopen with sliding screen partitions


    Wagamama has announced it will reopen four sites in the coming days to trial its new sliding screen safety feature.

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    Wagamama looks to the future with reopening plan


    Wagamama CEO Emma Woods has hailed the cost-effective way the brand closed its estate, as it focusses on the safe reopening of its restaurants.

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    Deliveroo and restaurant CEOs warn of grave damage ahead


    Deliveroo has teamed up with a host of restaurant CEOs including Itsu Founder and CEO Julian Metcalfe, Pret CEO Pano Christou, Wagamama CEO Emma Woods, and Neil Manhas, GM of Pizza Hut, to urge the government to provide an increased level of support for the industry. It has sent a letter to the PM, signed by 90 CEOs representing over 1,000 restaurants, to call for action over issues including cutting VAT on restaurant food and extending the JRS for restaurants while social distancing measures remain in place.

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    Restaurant Group CVA is ‘reshaping the face of casual dining’


    The Restaurant Group’s announcement yesterday that it is proposing a CVA for it’s long-troubled leisure division was a major, if not entirely unsurprising development, in a coronavirus-dominated news cycle. Under the proposals, the company voluntary arrangement will allow for a restructure of the estate, which will see it exit ...

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    TRG launches CVA to close 125 sites


    The Restaurant Group has announced a proposal to enter a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) for its leisure estate.

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    Restaurant Group in talks over leisure restructure


    The Restaurant Group has confirmed it is in discussions with landlords regarding “potential restructuring options” of its leisure estate.