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Supermarket giant Tesco interested in some of Carluccio's UK restaurants

Byron Burger and Boparan Restaurant Group also keen to take on some of the restaurants, according to reports

Supermarket giant Tesco interested in some of Carluccio's UK restaurants

Tesco is one of several companies interested in some of Carluccio’s restaurants.

UK Supermarket giant Tesco is one of several companies interested in some of Carluccio’s restaurants after the Britain-based Italian restaurant chain was plunged into administration last month.

According to trade publication Propel, Byron Burger investor Three Hills Capital and Boparan Restaurant Group, operator of Giraffe, are also interested in some of the restaurants.

The deadline for bids, set by administrators FRP Advisory, closed on Wednesday, although it is understood there have been no bids for the entire business, just parts of it.

All 2,000 employees in the UK have been furloughed after the impact of coronavirus pushed the company further towards the abyss.

Carluccio’s has previously stressed that its Irish operations and Middle East franchises would not be impacted by the decision.

Carluccio’s was founded in 1998 by Antonio Carluccio and his then wife Priscilla. Carluccio, who died in November 2017, sold the business to Dubai-based Landmark Group in 2010.

In June 2018, Landmark Group said it was set to invest £10 million ($13.2m) as part of a rescue plan for the Italian restaurant chain.

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