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    Editor’s Opinion: Hang tight and plan your return


    The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc. It’s claimed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world and numbers continue to rise. As dreadful as that is, the long term socio-economic impact is more disturbing. The virus has created a level of disruption to health, society, and the economy that’s never happened before, outside of wartime. And while there is plenty of speculation on how life in general may get back to normal post-lockdown, with vaguely optimistic or pessimistic dates floating around, there is no clarity on how or when this might end.

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    Wimpy adds delivery and takeaway sites


    Wimpy opened a brand new site in Orpington over the Easter weekend, with half of its 68-strong estate now offering home delivery or takeaway during lockdown.

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    Famous Brand will no longer finance GBK


    Famous Brands, the South Africa-based group, has said it will no longer fund its loss-making Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) restaurants in the UK.

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    Nadauld departs GBK as losses narrow


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) managing director Derrian Nadauld has left his role to return to parent company Famous Brands in South Africa, MCA understands.

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    GBK hit by landlords exercising break clauses


    A further eight landlords have exercised break clauses in the past week on Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) restaurants included in the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) launched last October.

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    GBK FY lfls down 4.2% - but up 8.1% YTD


    GBK saw like-for-like sales (lfls) fall 4.2% in the year to 24 February but in the 12 weeks following rallied to an 8.1% increase.

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    GBK FY operating loss up to £4.6m


    GBK parent company, Famous Brands, has confirmed that the group will record an operating loss of £4.6m for the year to 28 February.

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    Wimpy returns to Brighton and Hove


    Wimpy has retuned to Brighton and Hove to the site it vacated 10 years ago.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Study claims restaurant and pub dishes unhealthier than fast food


    A study by the British Medical Journal has suggested food served in pub and restaurant chains is unhealthier than that of fast-food chains.

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    Wimpy could open corporate stores to achieve expansion goals


    Wimpy general manager Chris Woolfenden has told MCA the brand could open corporate sites in its bid to expand.

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    Wimpy ramps up home delivery


    Wimpy has entered the home delivery market after a series of trials saw an uplift in sales of at around 20% per restaurant.

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    GBK lfls fell 9.7% in H1; Wimpy revenue up 13.6%


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) saw like-for-like (lfl) sales fall by 9.7%, compared to a 3.2% seen in 2017, in the 26 weeks to 26 August 2018.

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    Inside track: I’ll get my Cote


    A buried paragraph at the end of a story on GBK facing a CVA, suggested that Cote was exploring a possible merger and had held early talks about a tie-up with a listed company. Mark Wingett looks at what listed company would be a good fit for the French restaurant chain. He also explores what went wrong at GBK and why Gaucho’s new owners have swapped Meakin for Martin (Williams)

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    GBK unveils transformation plan as FY lfls fall


    GBK plans to close six restaurants, slash its openings pipeline for this year and refresh 30 sites, as it seeks to turn around sales, which fell 6.8% on a like-for-like basis in the year to 28 February.

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    GBK to reveal £7.8m FY operating loss


    GBK recorded an operating loss of £7.8m in the year to 28 February, its parent company has confirmed.

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    Adil strenghtens Taco Bell pipeline


    The Adil Group, the multi-site franchise operator, have lined up a number of new sites for Taco Bell, KFC, Costa Coffee and Burger King openings, MCA understands.

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    Adil Group updates pipeline


    The Adil Group, the multi-site franchise operator, has updated its development pipeline for 2018-19 in England and Scotland.

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    Famous Brands appoints new GBK MD


    Famous Brands has appointed a new management team for Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), including a new managing director – Derrian Nadauld

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    Wimpy expansion will be 'marathon not sprint'


    Wimpy UK general manager Chris Woolfenden has said the brand’s plans to return to the expansion trail will be a “marathon, not a sprint”.

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    Famous Brands: ‘We’re a long-term player in the UK’


    GBK and Wimpy owner Famous Brands has insisted it is a “long-term player” in the UK, despite headwinds affecting its investments in the country.