Clapham House Group (CHG) has said it is continuing with plans to almost triple the number of Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) sites operating in the UK to 150 having traded 'comfortably' over the past year.
The casual restaurant operator, which also owns The Real Greek brand, said it was expecting preliminary results for the year ending 28 March to be 'in line with the board's expectations' and would be focusing on growth in the coming financial year.
"In the UK we expect to open a minimum of two GBK restaurants in this period. However, we may increase this programme dependent on the availability of good sites and our view of the UK economic outlook," it said in a trading statement.
Two GBK sites opened in the past year - at Bluewater and Clink Street in London, bringing the total number to 51. CHG has opened 45 restaurants since taking over the business in 2004, growing the business from six.
"Returns on capital invested in both new and existing GBKs continue to be strong," it said. "We remain confident of a GBK roll-out plan to reach at least 150 restaurants across the UK."
Trading across the seven The Real Greek restaurants during the same period had been 'satisfactory', with the restaurants at Westfield, Bankside and Covent Garden trading particularly well, CHG said.