Carluccio’s grows footprint by expanding into Northern Ireland

Carluccio's sign

Italian chain Carluccio’s is set to open a branch in Northern Ireland, according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph.

The site is in the City’s Victoria Square although the exact location has not yet been revealed. The Telegraph gleaned the news from a report from commercial property firm Lisney and it was confirmed recently when local advertisements appeared for a head chef, sous chef, general manager and assistant manager.

Victoria Square has a House of Fraser department store and two levels of foodservice outlets.

Carluccio’s will be competing against the likes of Prezzo, Yo! Sushi, Wagamama, Pizza Express, and Frankie & Bennys.

It is more culinary good news for Belfast after Marco Pierre White revealed he was set to open his first restaurant in Belfast’s Park Avenue Hotel.

Carluccio’s now operates more than 100 stores. Earlier this year it announced that sales from its operations increased 9% in 2014, giving it a turnover of £128m.

The company declared it a “successful year” as its accounts also revealed that EBITDA grew 6% to £14.3m, despite increased investment in new store pre-opening costs and higher property costs.

Recently it launched a new site in Colchester’s Williams & Griffin department store, which is owned by Fenwick.

The operation, which is in the centre of the Essex town’s high street, replaces a self-service restaurant that was previously based on the premises.

The tie-up builds on an existing partnership between the two businesses as Carluccio’s also operates restaurants at Fenwick branches in York, Canterbury and London.

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