Italian restaurant group Carluccio’s has announced that it is seeking franchise partners to expand into rail and airport locations, as well as across the Republic of Ireland.
The move signals a return to financial confidence for the group after it entered a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in 2018 to avoid closure following an overambitious expansion schedule.
The company reported that its all-day trading format has performed well in airport and travel sites including London Terminal 5, King’s Cross St Pancras as well as two Dublin sites.
It now plans to expand to 10 sites across Ireland with new restaurants in Cork and Limerick, as well as at more UK travel locations.
Mark Jones, Carluccio’s CEO, said: “We have identified potential franchisees partners to assist us in opening in airports and travel hubs as well as in Ireland. We believe that is best done with partners that specialise in these environments.”
The new stores will adopt the ‘Fresca’ format, featuring updated interiors and menu, as seen in its London Heathrow Terminal 5 landside, Richmond, Canary Wharf and Bluewater Shopping Centre sites.
Carluccio's Caffè was founded in 1999 by Antonio Carluccio and his then wife Priscilla. It grew to become one of the UK’s most well-known casual dining chains offering authentic Italian food at affordable prices. Carluccio, who died in 2017, sold the business in 2010 to Dubai-based hospitality conglomerate the Landmark Group. There are 75 restaurants across the UK and Ireland, and 14 in Turkey and the Middle East.
Carluccio’s will select its franchise partners in 2020.