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Patisserie Valerie’s design team upsizes MK store to handle higher output

Patisserie Valerie’s design team upsizes MK store to handle higher output

Patisserie Valerie’s in-house design team has come up trumps after upsizing one of its most successful UK stores to meet demand. The chain has moved its Milton Keynes store at centre:mk to 9-11 Deer Walk, next to a £7m customer experience services area, where it is now serving an extensive menu of luxury handmade cakes

Tim Hortons gears up for entry into UK QSR market

Quick service coffee house Tim Hortons, one of Canada’s largest foodservice operators, has reiterated its intentions for a nationwide roll-out of UK sites. Opening its first UK site next month in Glasgow, Tim Hortons held a special launch event yesterday where, speaking to FEJ, chief marketing officer, Neil Littler, said “expansion is key”. The brand

High-end café chain cements Heathrow Airport licensing deal

Travel dining specialist HMSHost International is expanding its footprint in the UK after striking a deal with new licensing partner Ca’puccino at Heathrow Airport. The Italian high-end cafe chain provides guests with contemporary Italian culinary experiences plans to work with HMSHost to open more outlets in markets that it covers over the next few years.

Bistrot Pierre puts £10m investment to work opening three outlets in Q1 2017

French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre has secured a site for its 17th outlet in the up-and-coming town of Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield. Doors will open in early 2017. This month, the chain opens its 16th unit in Weston-super-Mare on September 9, it will be the second ribbon cutting following hot the heals of a bistro opening in

British network of Muffin Break stores bulges towards 60 sites

Muffin Break has opened its 59th UK store at The Mall Blackburn shopping centre, and says that it continues to look for additional franchisees to expand its network. The chain, originally from Australia, puts fresh baking on site at the heart of a retail strategy that it feels can be replicated across the world. It currently

Sainsbury’s, Pret and Caffe Nero descend on Cambridge retail quarter

Property developer Brookgate has announced that a trio of leading brands will spearhead the retail offer at Station Square, a new public space and focal point for CB1, the vibrant new city quarter being developed around Cambridge station. Sainsbury’s has taken 4,476 sq ft and will provide convenient supermarket shopping for the 10 million passengers

Muffin Lab sales spike 28% as its kitchens get creative

Muffin Break’s kitchens have been working overtime after a rise in muffin sales of more than 25% due to the launch of its ‘Muffin Lab’ range earlier this year. The increase was achieved in the first four months of 2016 and is equivalent to a 28% increase year-on-year, according to the national artisan bakery chain.

Chain operators submit plans for new restaurants in York city centre

UK restaurant chain Joe’s Kitchen and Loungers, a Bristol-based café-bar chain, have submitted applications to York council, both outlets plan to bring all-day, late-night dining to York city centre. Joe’s kitchen is set to open in the former Café Rouge building, next to the Mansion, on Coney Street. The “casual, down-to-earth” restaurant inspired by London’s