South African steak and grill chain Spur appears to have pulled out of the UK market just 12 months after revealing ambitious expansion plans based on a new quick service restaurant format.
It is understood the company has told customers that its business in the UK was no longer viable.
Last July it launched a new concept called RBW Spur, which was designed to reinvigorate its UK business. The flagship store was in Corby, Northamptonshire, but that, too, has now shut down. A message on its website states: “Spur RBW has permanently closed. Thank you for your loyalty and patronage.”
RBW Spur was designed as a smaller, counter-service concept offering ribs, burgers and wings (hence the ‘RBW’ name) that allowed for lower set-up costs, more manageable occupancy costs and reduced labour provisions. The Corby branch was also significant for deploying a fully ventless kitchen operation, with the majority of product cooked in precision impingement conveyor ovens.
Management told FEJ last year that they wanted to roll out the RBW model in other parts of the UK and had been eyeing up locations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Manchester.
The Corby restaurant was based next to a cinema complex, which also houses Prezzo and Nando’s. Local press reports claimed that another restaurant chain is looking to take over the vacant unit.