Fri, 13 Jan 2023 | ADMINISTRATION
Nine restaurants are to close and 12 other sites will transfer to a newco after the company behind fast-casual chain Burger Byron fell into administration. Interpath Advisory’s Claire Winder and Chris Pole were appointed as joint administrators to Famously Proper Ltd, which operates the Byron and Mother Clucker chains, on January 13.
Upon their appointment, the joint administrators immediately concluded the sale of the business and assets of 12 sites to newco Tristar Foods Ltd. Nine of the company’s sites will close with immediate effect, leading to the loss of 218 jobs.
The business had previously closed more than half of its 51 sites in a pre-pack administration resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past 12 months, it had faced further trading difficulties, including rising costs for food and utilities and a drop in consumer confidence amid the cost-of-living crisis. While several options were explored to secure the future of the business, no solvent offers were made, leading the firm’s directors to appoint administrators.
Sites will close in Manchester, London – Wembley, Edinburgh Lothian Road, Bluewater, Chelmsford, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Southampton and Salisbury.
The sites that will transfer to the new owners are: London – Covent Garden; London – Central St Giles; London – White City; London – Old Brompton Road; Liverpool; Edinburgh Royal Mile; Cambridge; Bury St Edmunds; Ipswich, York; Norwich; and Oxford.
Commenting on the process, joint administrator and Interpath Managing Director Claire Winder said: "Like many other companies across the hospitality sector, Byron had seen a boost in trading following the end of the COVID lockdown measures. However, the sky-high inflation seen in 2022 saw costs spiral and resulted in reduced customer spend, which in turn placed significant cashflow pressure on the business.”
"We are pleased to have concluded this transaction which will see the Bryon name continue to trade on high streets across the country and which, importantly, has preserved a significant number of jobs."
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