Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito restaurants could close in Kent

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Jobs could be risky in the county after the restaurant announced.

Branches of Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito restaurants could close in Kent after the company revealed £ 88m first-half year loss, falling from £ 12.2m profit in the previous year.

Frankie and Benny's restaurants could close
Frankie and Benny's restaurants could close

The business is set to close many Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito branches over the next six years, and nearly 100 more in the longer term.

There are several branches in the county at Westwood Cross Retail Park, Broadstairs, Medway Valley Park in Strood and at the Eureka Park in Ashford.

It is understood42 Frank and Benny's closures that had previously been announced.

In last year, the chain pulled out of the St James' development in Dover just weeks before the opening.

Bosses say sales at the restaurants in spite of improvements to the menu.

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There are three Frankie and Benny's in the county

About half of the group’s 352 dining sites, mainly Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito as well as Garfunkel’s and Coast to Coast, are expected to be closed

Bosses say about the Wagamama brand, which the group purchased last year in at £ 559m deal.

Eight branches have been converted this year and eight others were closed down.

Debbie Hewitt, the chairman of the group said: "We are mindful of the headwinds in the casual dining sector and the meaningful uncertainties created by the potential of a no-deal Brexit and are planning with this in mind.

"However, our business is now better diversified and purposefully positioned to benefit from multiple opportunities for growth."

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Chiquito, Eureka Leisure Park, Ashford. Picture: Martin Apps

It would be clear what branches would be closed in Kent and the company said there would be no immediate threat to jobs or underperforming sites would go as leases expired.

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