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Whitbread sold interest in Pure holding company for £1

Pure20 May 2024

Whitbread, the Premier Inn owner, sold its interest in Healthy Retail, a joint venture that operated Pure, the healthy food-to-go concept, for £1, Propel has learned.


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Pret a Manger20 May 2024

Joup Group has received a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK to acquire three existing – and open six new – Pret A Manger franchise stores across Scotland. 


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Cocotte20 May 2024

Chef Romain Bourrillon, the founder of healthy rotisserie chicken concept Cocotte, has told Propel he is already exploring potential sites for his new smash burger concept, Supra Burger.


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Wetherspoons20 May 2024

JD Wetherspoon has begun work on a £5m scheme to create a hotel with 26 bedrooms and a big 3,000 square-foot beer garden at The Mile Castle in Newcastle.


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Yard Ball20 May 2024

A retro street football experience that could be sport’s answer to crazy golf is set to open in Sheffield this summer. 


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Lane720 May 2024

Plans by bowling alley and amusement centre business Lane7, led by Tim Wilkins, to convert the former Boots store in Lincoln’s High Street into a new site centre have been approved.


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Bounce Ping Pong20 May 2024

A table tennis-themed sports bar and restaurant is due to open in the basement of the former headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland, in Dublin.


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Knoops20 May 2024

Knoops, the luxury hot chocolate shop brand, has hired Romy Miller, formerly of KellyDeli and Gail’s, as its new chief marketing officer, Propel has learned.


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Bank Loans Money20 May 2024

Restaurant and hotel operator BHL Global has refinanced a £73m bank loan with HSBC and is in discussions regarding the refinancing or further loans.


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Wadworth Logo20 May 2024

Former Molson Coors UK commercial sales director Martyn Cozens has joined brewer and retailer Wadworth as a non-executive director.


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17 May 2024

Joe & The Juice, the juice and cafe bar brand, is forecasting significant growth across all its markets after posting an operating profit last year and achieving record 2023 revenues.


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Camile17 May 2024

Dublin-based healthy food delivery company Camile Thai has started building back its UK estate and is seeking new sites, with more to open in the near future, Propel has learned.


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Chicken Cottage17 May 2024

Halal fast food company Chicken Cottage has targeted reaching 100 stores globally by 2027 as it expands in North Africa. 


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Paris-based Italian restaurant brand Big Mamma has made its UK debut by opening a site in Shoreditch, east London17 May 2024

Big Mamma Group, the McWin backed restaurant group, is planning to open in London’s Canary Wharf, for what would be its sixth site in the capital.


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Gail's Bakery17 May 2024

Fast-growing Gail’s Bakery is to open its first in-store bakery counter with supermarket company Waitrose.


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Wingstop17 May 2024

Lemon Pepper Holdings, the company behind the rollout of Wingstop in the UK, is on track to surpass the 50-site mark this summer, after adding a second site in Leeds to its opening pipeline.


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David Roberts 17 May 2024

RedCat Pub Company, the investment vehicle founded and chaired by Rooney Anand, has hired David Roberts (pictured), formerly of Stonegate Group and the Co-op, as its new group property director, Propel has learned.


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Artfarm Logo17 May 2024

Artfarm, the independent hospitality business run by former Fortnum & Mason chief executive Ewan Venters, is set to open a new bar in Somerset. 


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Marston's Inns and Taverns logo16 May 2024

Marston’s has placed a five-strong, free-of-tie package of pubs on the market, with a combined asking price of just under £3m, Propel has learned.


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Afrikana16 May 2024

African restaurant concept Afrikana has promoted Matthew Wood to managing director as it prepares for ten more openings in 2024.


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Sides Burger16 May 2024

Robin Mehta, chief executive of Sides, the chicken concept from YouTube collective The Sidemen, has said the soft power of the brand is helping it get chosen by landlords over its competitors.


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16 May 2024

Clays, the Imbiba-backed, indoor interactive clay shooting experience concept, is eyeing an opening in London’s Soho.


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Merlin Entertainments16 May 2024

Merlin Entertainments has hired Craig Inglis as its first chief marketing officer.


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