What’s eating the casual dining sector?

The recent administrations and closures of restaurant space so far this year will leave almost 500,000 sq ft of empty space across retail destinations in the UK, according to EG data.

More than 150 units are set to become vacant by the anticipated closures of Jamie’s Italian, Byron Burger, Carluccio’s, Prezzo, Chimichanga and Strada. Around 40% of that space, or 205,000 sq ft, is located in the South East and London, representative of both population and therefore destination density.

Looking at average spend, the chains that are in trouble are more expensive in