A Week on the High Street - August 7th

07 August 2019 by Local Data Company

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Wrapchic, the fusion fast-food chain founded by Mahesh Raikarin 2012, has been bought out of administration in what is understood to be a pre-packaged deal.  At their peak the company operated 27 sites across the UK, but it is understood that there have been issues with some of its franchised sites.

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A Week on the High Street - July 31st

31 July 2019 by Local Data Company

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Following the success at intu Lakeside, Upside Down House UK have entered into an exclusive partnership to create the experience at six more intu centres including intu Trafford Centre, intu Metrocentre and intu Braehead.  Each inverted two-storey house will feature a number of upside-down rooms with unique interior and exterior designs to reflect the local surroundings.

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A more social experience - quantifying trends in UK shopping centres

30 July 2019 by James Anderson

As shoppers increasingly value the convenience of online shopping and look to physical retail space for socialising, UK shopping centres are slowly changing their offer for consumers.

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A Week on the High Street - July 24th

24 July 2019 by Local Data Company

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On the 20th anniversary of Travelodge’s presence on the UK coastline the hotel chain has announced 26 seaside towns that they are targeting in what they describe as the “rebirth of British seaside resorts and coastal towns”. Having played a 'pivotal role’ in the regeneration programme in Rhyl and the changing holiday habits of Britons they plan to work with Local Authorities inviting them to participate in their development programme that would see Travelodge building hotels on surplus authority land. The targeted districts are: Aberystwyth, Bognor Regis, Bournemouth, Bude, Canterbury/Whitstable, Deal/Sandwich, Eastbourne, Falmouth, Folkestone, Guernsey, Hove, Jersey, Lerwick, Looe / Fowey, Lowestoft, Newquay, Oban, Penarth, Penzance, Pwllheli, Shoreham-by-Sea, St Ives, Tenby, Truro, Weston Super Mare and Weymouth.

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Six key considerations for location planning in a rapidly changing retail and leisure market

17 July 2019 by Ronald Nyakairu

At the Local Data Company, we are always amazed by the rate of change across the UK retail and leisure market which sits at about 20% each year, as retailers, leisure brands and thousands of independent entrepreneurs open and close stores, acknowledging the need to be ever more agile in today’s turbulent landscape.  

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A Week on the High Street - July 17th 2019

17 July 2019 by Local Data Company

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Waka, the Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant that originally launched in the City, London in 2017 is to open its second London site near Liverpool Street with a third site already being negotiated.  Brainchild of siblings Irakli and Nino Sopromadze; the concept offers Nikkei cuisine which is a fusion cuisine created by settlers from Japan when they arrived in Peru in the 1800s.

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A Week on the High Street - July 10th 2019

17 July 2019 by Local Data Company

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With their aim to ‘make Harry Ramsden’s as accessible to as many people as possible’ the fish and chip brand are rolling out a new menu concept to more than 70 Mecca Bingo outlets across the UK. The concept will include six dishes from the Harry Ramsdens menu with home delivery also available in selected areas. 

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A Week on the High Street - July 3rd 2019

10 July 2019 by Local Data Company


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After falling into administration and fighting off a bid from rival barbecue brand Temper, Red’s True Barbecue has been bought by Tokyo Industries.  The smokehouse brand’s Liverpool restaurant will close but the Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Headingley sites will continue to trade and the investment will be used to expand into the UK festival market.  Red’s sister company, Legitimate Industries, which is a microbrewery, has also been acquired.

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A Week on the High Street - 26th June

26 June 2019 by Local Data Company


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New legislation is to be passed which will require food outlets to label all ingredients in food prepared on-site in a bid to protect serious allergy sufferers. The issue gained national coverage after 15 year old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died after suffering an allergic reaction to a baguette back in 2016. Industry stakeholders have raised concerns however that food labelling will become difficult as cross-contamination is very tricky to eliminate in kitchens.

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[Press Release] High Street bank closures at highest rate yet, as the race to be a cashless society means 1/3 of all high street banks have disappeared

  • 60% of closed units since 2012 remain closed in 2019
  • Traditional high street banks have seen only 20% of vacant units filled in the last three years
  • East Midlands and the South East saw the most of closed banking units re-leased to other occupiers
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