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Reimagining European restaurants for the new normal – report

To win in the next normal, European restaurants will need to embrace innovation in their channel strategy, menu offerings, and business model. Six months into the COVID-19 crisis, European restaurants are reopening amid challenging conditions such as infection waves, mandated reductions in seating capacity, and consumer safety concerns. One thing is certain—the market will not go back to how it was before the pandemic. Already, we’re seeing consumer preferences and behaviors change. Consumers are showing greater focus on value-for-money and more interest in restaurants that offer healthy food options. And while…

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Drayton Manor Park

Staffordshire theme park ‘rescued’ by French leisure company

The new owner is Looping Group, which runs aquariums, animal parks, amusement parks and water parks in seven countries. Drayton Manor Park has been rescued by a French leisure company after falling into administration. The Bryan family is selling the Staffordshire attraction for the first time in its 70-year history after appointing administrators PwC on Monday. The future of the theme park and its 599 employees will be secured by the deal. The new owner is Looping Group, a French business which runs 15 parks – aquariums, animal parks, amusement…

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Cleethorpes Pleasure Island scheme

£57m mixed-use scheme proposed for Cleethorpes

Plans to redevelop the former Pleasure Island leisure park in Cleethorpes have been unveiled. The £57.1m proposals, which could create 369 new jobs, include a new 146-bed hotel and conference centre as well as 250 holiday lodges. Further plans for the 23.5 ha site include two restaurants, comprising around 1,069 sq m, and two leisure units totalling around 2,920 sq m. Other elements of the scheme include a non-food leisure/retail unit of around 930 sq m; and a new Lidl store of around 1,900 sq m. The proposals also include…

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