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Retailing - 2016






















L'Osteria of Germany is planning to launch a new chain of pizza restaurants in the UK, with the first opening in Bristol later this year.

IKKS of France is looking to expand its fashion retail and wholesale operations in the UK, having just opened its first store on South Molton Street in London.

Meatcure has launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand its chain of four burger restaurants with five new sites across the Midlands.

Selectequip, the rail equipment supplier with 28 staff in Lichfield and Wakefield, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Andrew James UK is to relocate its online retail business to a new £10m office and warehouse in Seaham this summer, with the creation of 35 jobs.

New World Trading, the chain of 14 restaurants and bars, has been acquired by private equity firm Graphite Capital in a £50m deal.

Kings Walk Shopping Centre in Gloucester is to undergo a £5m expansion project, having been acquired by Vixcroft for £20m.

Cheshire West & Chester Council has unveiled plans for a £300m 500,000 sq ft retail and leisure development in the Northgate area of Chester.

Yorkshire Linen Company, the Harrogate-based home furnishings firm with 43 branches and 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.

Datalex is planning to create 200 jobs at its travel retail solutions operations in Manchester, Dublin, Beijing and Atlanta over the next 18 months.

Home Decor has acquired Optiplan Kitchens and the Manor Cabinet Company, taking the total workforce at its Sheffield-based furniture business to more than 350.

SOHO Coffee is to acquire 15 Apostrophe coffee shops from CH&Co Group, in a joint venture deal that will enable CH&Co to open ten Soho Coffee outlets a year.

Dignity is to acquire five crematoria from Co-op Funeralcare for £43m, including sites in Glasgow, Sheffield, Lichfield, Shropshire and Stockport.

Pets at Home is looking to continue its expansion programme this year by repeating last year's 20 new superstores, 50 vet practices and 60 grooming salons.

Marks & Spencer is planning to expand its 75-strong chain of Simply Food stores with about 100 new sites a year for the next two years.

Mu Mu is planning to open two new restaurants in Leicester and Loughborough, as part of plans to expand its Kettering-based chain to about six sites.

House of Fraser has submitted plans to open a 750,000 sq ft distribution centre at Gateway Peterborough, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.

Lego is to open a 5,400 sq ft flagship toy store at Swiss Court in London's Leicester Square later this year, with the creation of about 45 jobs.

Marks & Spencer is planning to open a 12,000 sq ft food hall at Phoenix Parkway in Corby at the end of the summer, with the creation of 50 jobs.

MOD Pizza of the US is to open its first UK restaurant at Cardigan Fields in Leeds next month, and hopes to expand with more sites across the country.

Dunkin Donuts is planning to expand its 22-strong chain of restaurants with 78 new sites over the next five years, with the creation of 1,170 jobs.

Co-op Food is to invest £2m in its chain of convenience stores across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, with the creation of 200 jobs.

Seasalt is planning to expand its Cornwall-based chain of 33 fashion stores to 39 by the end of the year, including sites in Sheffield and Harrogate.

Janus et Cie of the US is looking to open its first furniture store in Europe at a site of up to 4,000 sq ft in London's Chelsea or Fulham.

Pep&Co is planning to expand its chain of fashion stores to 85 in 2017, including 15 new sites this autumn and an additional 20 over the next year.

Eat is to open two new sandwich outlets in Ealing and Chichester, and plans to expand its 120-strong chain with more sites outside London over the next year.

Pizza Hut Delivery is to invest £40m in 200 new takeaway stores across the UK and Ireland by 2020, with the creation of at least 3,000 jobs.

Co-operative Group is to open up to 15 new stores and ten funeral homes across Yorkshire as part of an £11m investment, with the creation of 250 jobs.

Fishkeeper is planning to expand its chain of eight aquatic stores in Scotland with six new sites by early next year, with the creation of about 25 jobs.

Co-operative Group is to sell 36 former Somerfield stores with 920 staff to Food Retailer Group, and they will be rebranded as Budgens.

Mayborn Group, the Cramlington-based Tommee Tippee baby products firm, has been sold by 3i to Shanghai Jahwa of China for undisclosed terms.

ZingZing is planning to expand its London-based takeaway business with up to four new outlets a year, having raised £0.4m from crowdfunding.

Thomas Sabo is planning to open three new jewellery stores in London over the next two years, including a site on King's Road in Chelsea.

Jessops is planning to expand its chain of camera stores with up to 15 new outlets by 2018, including sites in the North West and Scotland.

Taco Bell is to open three new fast food outlets in Barnsley and Sheffield, as part of a franchise agreement with Northgate Fast Foods.

Tapas Revolution is planning to expand its five-strong chain of restaurants to more sites across the country, starting with Newcastle this November.

Conygar has submitted plans to Carmarthenshire Council for a 106,000 sq ft ten-unit retail development in Cross Hands, which could create 260 jobs.

Lidl has submitted plans for a 50,000 sq m regional depot at Clyst Honiton in Devon by September 2017, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.

Zyro has acquired Fisher Outdoor Leisure, the St Albans-based cycling components firm, having undergone a management buy-out with backing from LDC.

Drake & Morgan is to open three new restaurants in London, Edinburgh and Manchester over the next year, taking its total chain to 14.

Tessuti has acquired Xile Clothing, the menswear firm with three stores in Edinburgh, Livingston and Glasgow, out of administration for undisclosed terms.

ScS is planning to expand its chain of 97 furniture stores with up to 30 new sites over the next few years, with the creation of 300 jobs.

Love Pizza is looking to launch a franchised chain of takeaway pizza outlets across the country, having just opened its first site in Manchester.

Primark is to invest £4.2m in the expansion of its 10,000 sq ft fashion store in Grimsby to 47,000 sq ft, and will expand the 65-strong workforce to 150.

Lubianiec Piechocki i Partnerzy (LPP) of Poland is to set up a 30,000 sq ft Reserved fashion store at the former BHS flagship on London's Oxford Street.

Sukho Group is to open its third Zaap Thai restaurant in Newcastle, and hopes to reach ten sites across the country by the end of the year.

Avenbury Dudley is planning to build a £50m housing, retail and leisure development at Cavendish House in Dudley, which could create up to 500 jobs.

Location 3 Properties has submitted plans to Medway Council to build a £30m retail complex in Strood by August 2017, which could create 225 jobs.

Whistles, the London-based chain of 46 fashion stores, has been acquired by The Foschini Group of South Africa for undisclosed terms.

Glamorous is to relocate its Manchester-based online fashion retail business to a 24,400 sq ft office at the Fabrica building in New Islington.

Matalan is to open two clothing and homewares stores at Southampton and Fareham in Hampshire this month, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Tewkesbury Borough Council has approved outline plans from Robert Hitchins for a £60m outlet shopping centre on a 57-acre site at Ashchurch.

Northumberland Estates has unveiled plans for a new 15,000 sq ft retail park in Prudhoe, including shops, a hotel and up to 200 jobs.

House of Fraser is considering plans to develop a 620,000 sq ft distribution centre on a 30-acre site at the Gateway scheme in Peterborough.

Watt Brothers is to create about 50 jobs at a new 15,000 sq ft department store due to open at the Howgate Centre in Falkirk this May.

Co-operative Group is to invest more than £8m in ten new convenience stores across the South West, with the creation of 250 jobs.

Pepkor of South Africa is to launch a chain of ten household discount stores called GHM across the country, with its first due to open in Hinckley this May.

GO Outdoors is to launch a chain of cycling departments in 43 of its stores across the country over the next three months, with the creation of 120 jobs.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is to consider plans for a retail development at the former Zanzibar nightclub site, which could create about 70 jobs.

Fatso's is planning to create 100 jobs at its chain of sandwich stores on Teesside over the next three years, including 15 at a new head office in Billingham.

Nikal has submitted plans for a £7m retail and leisure development at Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, which could create 50 jobs.

Revolution Bars is planning to expand its 60-strong chain of bars with six new sites this year, including a second in the City of London.

Ena Mill is to double the size of its Atherton-based shopping centre to more than 80,000 sq ft, with the creation of 200 jobs over the next five years.

The Book People has submitted plans for a 75,000 sq ft expansion of its book distribution centre at Parc Menai in Bangor, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Pricecheck Toiletries is to relocate its Sheffield-based wholesale products business to a new head office and distribution facility.

Morrisons is to invest £30m in improvements to the staff facilities at its chain of supermarkets, including new decor and wifi.

MI Supplies is planning to expand the 13-strong workforce at its Thornaby-based workwear business with an unspecified number of new jobs.

John Ayrey Die-Casts is to relocate its Shipley-based model kits business and 16 staff to an 8,000 sq ft unit at Baildon Business Park.

GO Outdoors is to open its first outdoor equipment store in Northern Ireland at a 45,000 sq ft unit on Valley Retail Park in Newtonabbey.

The Hut Group has secured private funding of more than £138m for the expansion of its Northwich-based online retail business.

Mountain Warehouse is planning to expand its 225-strong chain of camping and outdoor clothing stores to 300, including up to 20 new sites this year.

Primark is to create more than 200 jobs at its new 1.1m sq ft distribution centre due to open at Islip in Northamptonshire this year.

Roadchef has submitted plans to double the size of its 2,000 sq m service station on the M6 Toll near Norton Canes, with the creation of 160 jobs.

Lanchester Group has acquired Spicers of Hythe, the Kent-based luxury hamper firm, and its subsidiary business One Up Golf, in a multi-million pound deal.

Tesco has acquired the remaining stake in Harris & Hoole, the London-based chain of 45 coffee shops with about 500 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Mitchells & Butlers is planning to expand its Sizzling Pizza & Carvery restaurant format to ten more sites by the summer, including Preston and Denton.

Monica Vinader has secured an investment of £20m for the expansion of its Norfolk-based jewellery business and chain of three stores.

Daler-Rowney, the Bracknell-based art supplies firm, has been sold by Electra Private Equity to FILA Group of Italy for about £32m.

Sticks n Sushi of Denmark is planning to double its chain of restaurants over the next year, with three new sites in Cambridge, London's Victoria and Oxford.

Sainsbury's is looking to acquire Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos, for £1.3bn to create a combined retail business with about 2,000 stores.

Benson Elliot has unveiled proposals for a £40m refurbishment of Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston, with the creation of 250 jobs.

Bistro 1847 is looking to expand its chain of vegetarian restaurants with up to ten new sites over the next 18 months, including Bath, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

Hammerson has submitted plans for a £10m five-unit expansion of Fife Central Retail Park in Kirkcaldy, which could create up to 230 jobs.

Rosa's Thai Cafe is planning to expand its London-based chain of restaurants with three new sites, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next two years.

Kingfisher is planning to invest £800m in the transformation of its DIY home improvement retail operation over the next five years.

The Range is planning to build a 1.2m sq ft homewares distribution centre at Central Park near Bristol by 2017, with the creation over 1,000 jobs.

Boparan Restaurant Holdings has acquired Cinnamon Collection, the London-based chain of three restaurants, and plans to open more sites across the country.

Orchard Street Investment Management has acquired eight garden centres from Wyevale Garden Centres in a £91m sale and leaseback deal.

Aldi is to create 350 new jobs at more than 30 stores in the West Midlands, including Brierley Hill, Halesowen, Oldbury and Wolverhampton.

New River Retail is planning to revamp its Central Square shopping centre at Erdington in Birmingham, including new restaurants and a cinema.

Howard Group has submitted plans to develop a £5m retail and business park on Ehringshausen Way in Haverhill by spring 2017, which could create 250 jobs.

Smashburger of the US is to open its first burger restaurant in the UK at Kingston Centre in Milton Keynes, and hopes to reach 35 sites.

Tobar Group, the chain of Hawkin's Bazaar toy stores, has undergone an undisclosed management buy-out with backing from Merino Private Equity.