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Burger King looks to open 200 site over the next five years
Burger King is targeting 200 new UK openings over the next five years. The fast food giant is also refurbishing its existing estate to implement its new "20/20" design in stores.
Burger King is working with Cushman & Wakefield to find sites in shopping centres, out-of-town drive-thrus and on high streets. In recent years the chain has lost ground to McDonald's, which has managed to broaden appeal by investing into store interiors and widening its product offer.
Café Rouge expanding to UAE
Tragus group has signed a franchise deal with Diamond Lifestyle, owned by Al Masah Capital company, to expand its French casual dining chain, Café Rouge, to the United Arab Emirates.
It is understood the first restaurant will open in Dubai. With casual brands like Giraffe, GBK and YO! Sushi already up and running in the city, Café Rouge should have a smooth landing into Dubai.
Loungers posts strong results
All-day bar concept, Loungers, reports like-for-like sales rose by 6% in the 26 weeks to 31 October. Total sales were up 58.9% to £15.2 million after the company opened 10 new site during the period.
Loungers now operates 41 sites and plans to open 15 more next year. The chain's all-day café-bar concept based on a tapas and pub food offer has proven successful among young customers. The brand has also benefited from targeting comparatively low-rent sites mainly in suburban areas.
Lance Batchelor to leave Domino's
Chief executive Lance Batchelor has announced he will be leaving Domino's Pizza next year. The resignation follows another top director, chief financial officer Lee Ginsberg, stepping down in July.
Domino's has delivered strong results in the past few years, but concerns have been raised over the pace for its UK expansion slowing down. In August Domino's announced it is rolling out a new takeaway concept catering to customers on the UK motorway network.