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Bury St Edmunds Carluccio's restaurant to close permanently

A branch of Carluccio's in Bury St Edmunds is to close permanently following a take-over deal of the restaurant chain.

The Carluccio’s brand and 30 sites in the UK have been bought by the Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) which owns restaurants chains including Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner.

However, 40 sites were not part of the deal and will close including the Carluccio's in the arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds.

Carluccio's in the arc shopping centre, Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton
Carluccio's in the arc shopping centre, Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton

Phil Reynolds, joint administrator and partner at FRP, said: “The Covid-19 lockdown has put incredible pressure on businesses across the leisure sector, so it has been important to work as quickly and as decisively as possible in an extremely challenging business environment to secure a sale, which ensures the future of the Carluccio’s brand in the UK casual dining scene, retains a significant network of sites across the country and, critically, transfers a considerable number of jobs.

"We wish the team all the best as part of the Boparan Restaurant Group."

Mark Jones, CEO at Carluccio’s, said: “For what has been a particularly challenging period for everyone at Carluccio’s and much of the rest of our industry, we’re grateful for the support and guidance provided by the team at FRP which has worked hard to secure the future of the business.”

Satnam Leihal, managing director of BRG, added: “We welcome Carluccio’s colleagues to BRG.

"This acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow our restaurant group with quality brands.

"Whilst it is an extremely challenging time for the sector, we believe quality hospitality businesses will recover in the long term as people return to eating out."

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