The three Jamie Oliver restaurants that weren’t immediately closed when the business plunged into administration last month have now been sold.
The sites – all based at Gatwick Airport – have been snapped up by travel operator SSP following a deal with administrators KPMG. The agreement has safeguarded some 250 jobs.
SSP, which already operates 12 Jamie Oliver restaurants across Europe – including a recent tie-up to introduce a concept to Malaga Airport in Spain – will now take over Jamie Oliver’s Diner, Jamie’s Italian and Jamie’s Coffee Lounge at the airport.
Simon Smith, chief executive of SSP Group, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our partnership with Jamie Oliver, especially as we already operate 12 Jamie Oliver units in Austria, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain, and have further units planned in Brazil and Bahrain.
“Jamie’s cafés and restaurants are much-loved by customers all around the world, so we’re very excited to be adding the brand to our UK portfolio and increasing our presence at Gatwick Airport.”
Will Wright, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with SSP Group, which will see the three Jamie Oliver outlets at Gatwick Airport continue to trade, safeguarding a significant number of jobs.”
More than1,000 jobs were lost last month when the business entered administration and shut 22 sites.