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Ranjit Singh Boparan buys Gourmet Burger Kitchen in rescue deal

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by the food industry tycoon Ranjit Singh Boparan in a deal that will save more than 660 jobs.



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Boparan, who bought Carluccio’s in May, has bought 35 of the burger restaurant’s sites. However, under the pre-pack administration deal, 26 other sites will close, with the loss of 362 jobs.

The burger chain, which was owned by the South African company Famous Brands, which also owns Wimpy in the UK, was put on the market as it struggled amid the pandemic and high street lockdown.

But Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been in difficulties since a restructuring deal with landlords in 2018 under which it agreed to close up to 17 sites after the casual dining market became oversaturated.

Gavin Maher, a partner at Deloitte who was appointed joint administrator on Wednesday, said: “The broader

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Ranjit Singh Boparan buys Gourmet Burger Kitchen in rescue deal | Business

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by the food industry tycoon Ranjit Singh Boparan in a deal that will save more than 660 jobs.

Boparan, who bought Carluccio’s in May, has bought 35 of the burger restaurant’s sites. However, under the pre-pack administration deal, 26 other sites will close, with the loss of 362 jobs.

The burger chain, which was owned by the South African company Famous Brands, which also owns Wimpy in the UK, was put on the market as it struggled amid the pandemic and high street lockdown.

But Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been in difficulties since a restructuring deal with landlords in 2018 under which it agreed to close up to 17 sites after the casual dining market became oversaturated.

Gavin Maher, a partner at Deloitte who was appointed joint administrator on Wednesday, said: “The broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen to axe 362 jobs and 26 restaurants despite rescue sale

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) is to close 26 restaurants and axe 362 roles despite being saved from administration.

The chain has been bought in a rescue deal by Boparan Restaurant Group, which also snapped Carluccio’s out of insolvency earlier in the pandemic.



GBK said it had started to see improvements in trading last year after a major restructuring process in 2018, which saw it shut a raft of sites.

However, the company, which had been owned by South African group Famous Brands, said it slid into administration after the virus impacted upon its liquidity and potential to be sold as a solvent business.

The sale will secure the future of 35 GBK restaurants (Rick Findler/PA)
The sale will secure the future of 35 GBK restaurants (Rick Findler/PA)

The group has now been sold in a pre-pack administration deal after working with insolvency specialists at Deloitte.

It said the move will save 35 sites and 669 jobs from its original network of 61

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen rescued by Giraffe owner



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Restaurant chain Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by Boparan Restaurant Group.

The deal includes 35 sites and 669 jobs. However, 26 restaurants and 362 jobs will be lost.

Boparan owns the Giraffe chain and is owned by Ranjit Boparan, who founded 2 Sisters chicken processing company.

GBK, which has had several owners, was most recently owned by South Africa-based Famous Brands.

It was sold out of administration by accountancy firm Deloitte.

“As with a number of dining businesses, the broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement,” Gavin Maher, Joint Administrator at Deloitte, said.



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“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution and I am glad to be able

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Rescue deal agreed for Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant chain

Hundreds of jobs have been saved after a rescue deal for Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) was agreed, but a number of restaurants not part of the sale will close.

The burger chain has been saved as a going concern in a rescue deal funded by the Boparan Restaurant Group which owns casual dining brands such as Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner.

The acquisition includes a portfolio of 35 restaurants and safeguards 669 jobs. However, there will be 27 branches that will close and 362 redundancies.


GBK had been operating on a reduced basis following the Covid-19 lockdown. The hospitality industry had to shut sites in March and was only able to start reopening from July, with social distancing measures in place.

Disruption from the pandemic impacted the business’ liquidity, driving the need to find a funding or sale solution, according to Deloitte, which advised on the sale of GBK. GBK

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WOW House: Spacious Home Boasts Gourmet Kitchen, Stone Fireplace

HERNDON, VA — Welcome home to this sparkling, well-maintained home on an oversized, private .61-acre sanctuary, with approximately 5, 700 square feet of finished space in the Langley School Pyramid. This Laing-built Wilde model features four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and hardwood floors throughout the main and upper levels.

  • Address: 1067 Methven Ct, Herndon, Virginia
  • Price: $1,065,000
  • Square Feet: 5700
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 1997
  • Features: The gourmet kitchen with newer 5-burner stove (2019), Electrolux double oven, and large pantry, incorporates eat-in space, a light-filled breakfast room that opens to a large great room with two-story soaring windows and a beautiful stone fireplace with gas insert. The expansive foyer showcases a striking, custom-crafted curved staircase with wrought iron detail. This open and functional main level also features a formal living room with beautiful, vaulted ceiling and palladian windows, a dining room with double chandeliers,
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