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Story of the Day - 24 April 2024

Mr Bao Group plans new concept to complement Master Bao expansion

Frank Yeung, co-founder of Mr Bao Group, has told Propel he is hoping to open a new concept later this year to complement the steady expansion of the company’s Taiwanese-inspired Master Bao format.

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24 June 2024

Thaikun

Thai Leisure Group ‘strongly positioned’ two years after exiting second CVA

Thai Leisure Group, operator of Thaikhun and Chaophraya, has said it is “now strongly positioned” two years after it exited its second company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

24 June 2024

Black Sheep Coffee

Black Sheep Coffee opens 100th site

Speciality coffee shop operator Black Sheep Coffee has hit the 100-store mark. 

24 June 2024

The Alley

Bubble tea brand The Alley set to open first regional UK site

Global Taiwanese bubble tea brand The Alley is set to open its first UK regional site.

24 June 2024

Nottinghamshire coffee shop set to open third site

The owner of a coffee shop with branches in Bingham and Radcliffe-on-Trent is to open a third cafe.

24 April 2024

Tortilla

Tortilla FY lfls up 3.6%, Q1 lfls down 4.7%, launches new strategic approach

Tortilla, the UK’s largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand, has reported a 3.6% increase in like-for-like sales for the year ending 31 December 2023, as it launched a new strategic approach to drive “disciplined profitable growth and expand Tortilla in the UK and overseas”.

24 April 2024

Exclusive – BabaBoom placed on the market as annual sales exceed £2.1m

BabaBoom, the kebab concept which operates two sites in London, has been placed on the market, with new owners sought to build on its potential.

24 April 2024

Bannatyne Group in ‘great shape’ as it reports record £138.9m turnover and pays off covid loans

Health club company Bannatyne Group, led by Duncan Bannatyne, has said it is in “great shape” as it reported record turnover and revealed it has paid off all covid loans.

24 April 2024

The Pantry

Irish neighbourhood restaurant concept looking to expand to the UK

Irish neighbourhood restaurant concept The Pantry is looking to expand to the UK. Founded in 2016, The Pantry has grown to nine sites in Ireland – in Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Meath, Roscommon, Waterford, Wicklow and Wexford.

24 April 2024

Chick-fil-A starts building UK pipeline

US fast food brand Chick-fil-A, which has targeted 2025 for a relaunch in the UK, is understood to have secured a site in Kingston-upon-Thames, as it starts building its opening pipeline here, Propel has learned.

24 April 2024

BrewDog USA opens new Denver brewery for first franchise location in country

BrewDog USA has opened its new Denver brewery, located in the RiNo neighbuorhood, for its first franchise location in the country.

24 April 2024

Brother Marcus to return to the expansion trail, hires Dorian Waite as non-exec

Eastern Mediterranean restaurant concept Brother Marcus is to return to the expansion trail after 12 months of consolidation, with plans to reach ten sites in London over the next few years.

24 April 2024

Brewhouse

Brewhouse & Kitchen disposes of Bedford site to Amber Taverns, plans further freehold acquisition

Brewhouse & Kitchen, the UK’s largest brewpub group, has sold the freehold of its site in Bedford to Amber Taverns, for an undisclosed sum, Propel has learned.

24 April 2024

US fast-casual seafood brand eyeing UK launch as part of global expansion plans

US fast-casual seafood brand Captain D’s is eyeing a UK launch as part of its global expansion plans. Captain D’s was founded as Mr D’s Seafood and Hamburgers by Raymond L Danner Sr in Donelson, Tennessee, in 1969.

24 April 2024

Chestnut acquires two Norfolk pubs from Agellus Hotels

East Anglian pub company Chestnut has acquired The Lifeboat Inn and The Chequers Inn in the north Norfolk coastal village of Thornham from Agellus Hotels.

24 April 2024

Exclusive – Six by Nico owner appoints advisors as it assesses strategic options

Six Company, the company behind the Six by Nico restaurant business, has appointed advisors to assess its funding options as it looks to step up its expansion plans in the UK and overseas.

24 April 2024

Butchies to open London Bridge site

London chicken sandwich concept Butchies, founded and led by Garrett FitzGerald, is to return to the expansion trail with an opening near London Bridge.

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