Cafe De Pierre has agreed a deal with Debenhams to take over in-store cafes previously run by scandal-hit Patisserie Valerie.
The chain’s parent company Lux Group, which also owns the subsidiaries Caffe Concerto and The Grand Caffe, will use the move to scale the French-inspired brasserie concept across multiple locations.
Cafe De Pierre has now taken over ex- Patisserie Valerie sites with new branches located nationally within Debenhams stores in London’s Oxford Street, Westfield London, Wandsworth, Stevenage, Chelmsford, Telford, Wandsworth and Liverpool.
It is also planning to open in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, and Cardiff.
Lux Group has also employed more than 150 ex-Patisserie Valerie staff who were made redundant as a result of closures and are looking to recruit a further 200 staff in the coming months as more stores open nationwide.
Director Mohammad Borjak said: “This is a very exciting time for The Lux Group, we have grown year on year and we’re happy that Cafe De Pierre will provide a pleasant and enjoyable oasis for not only shoppers at Debenhams, but also lovers of quality French food and patisserie.”
Patisserie Valerie entered administration earlier this year after a £20m black hole was discovered in its books. 70 of the chain’s 200 stores were closed immediately.
Dublin-based private equity fund Causeway Capital last month bought what was left of the business.