Channel Islands operator closes burger chain

A Channel Island franchise operator is closing down a restaurant chain less than 18 months after it opened.

Sandpiper CI opened a Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant in Jersey last February and launched a second outlet in Guernsey six months later, but both will close later this week.

At the time of announcing the franchise with New Zealand-based Gourmet Burger Kitchen last year, Sandpiper CEO Tony O’ Neil said it was bringing the “Rolls Royce” of casual dining to the Channel Islands. “Gbk will provide a variety of unique, high quality, fresh products at affordable prices,” he said.

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A BBC report said the company blamed “disappointing results” for the closure and felt investment money could be better used elsewhere.

It is understood 15 members of staff will be impacted by the decision but the company is hoping to redeploy them to other areas of the business.

Sandipiper CI owns Channel Island franchises for a number of retail and hospitality businesses including Marks & Spencer, Costa Coffee, Hotel Chocolat and Pasty Presto.

The BBC said that only Gourmet Burger Kitchen outlets in Jersey and Guernsey were closing. No other parts of the business are affected.

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