Whitbread in talks to sell Pizza Hut
WhitbreadSunday Times, 30 July
Bid to oust Coffee Republic boss Shareholders in Coffee Republic are plotting to oust Bobby Hashemi, the founder of the business and one of the people who is credited with bringing American-style coffee shops to the UK. In a rare display of shareholder power, small investors claiming to speak for 40% of the shares have written to Hashemi calling on him to step down as chairman and chief executive. - Sunday Times, 30 July
Six ex-Thistle hotels in £185m sale and leaseback
Topland, the property investment group, is to sell the six hotels acquired from Thistle Hotels last year in a £185m sale and leaseback. - The Times, 29 July.
Tourism boost hope with revamped Bath Spa
Its backers hope it will boost Bath's dwindling tourism industry when next week the troubled Bath Spa will finally open, five years late and up to £30m over budget. It will have a soft opening, while a bitter legal dispute continues to rage between its principal stakeholders behind closed doors. - The Observer, 30 July
MPW reduced Ramsay to "blubbering wreck"
Gordon Ramsay was once reduced to "a blubbering wreck" by a fellow celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. In Pierre White's soon-to-be-published autobiography he claims he dramatically "broke" Ramsay, who used to work for him at Harvey's restaurant in Wandsworth, south London, turning the fiery Scot into a sobbing mess. A spokesman for Ramsay admitted that there was "some truth" in the claim. - Independent on Sunday, 30 July
Dublin Domino's Pizza store is busiest in the world
A branch of Domino's located in the Tallaght district of Dublin is the busiest in the world of Domino's 8,000 stores worldwide, selling up to 200 pizzas an hour. The branch is the first in Domino's 45-year history to hit a turnover of â¬2.35m (£1.6m) a year. The chain says that sells one million pizzas a year. - Sunday Times (Irish edition only), 30 July
By Bob Gledhill