Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee is “in discussions” with a tenant which is looking to restructure and downsize its UK operation.
The Restaurant Group confirmed today that it is examining “restructuring options” for its Frankie & Benny’s operation.
The group has entered emergency talks with its landlords, which includes the Overgate.
Frankie & Benny’s also has premises at St Catherine’s Leisure Park in Perth, Fife Central Retail Park in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline’s Whimbrel Place. The locations are all currently closed.
The group said: “As is widely understood our industry is facing exceptional challenges in what is an unprecedented operating environment.
“The casual dining sector was already facing significant challenges prior to the onset of Covid-19, with overcapacity and significant cost pressures.
“In order to meet both the immediate challenges and to build a post-lockdown business with a sustainable future, we are in discussions with our landlords regarding potential restructuring options for our leisure estate.”
In a brief statement, Malcolm Angus, the centre manager at Overgate Shopping Centre, confirmed: “We are in discussion with the retailer.”
The Restaurant Group, which also owns Garfunkel’s, is one of the largest restaurant operators in Britain. It currently has around 22,000 staff on furlough.