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Wagamama closes in Crawley before it even opens as owners cut up to 3,000 jobs



It was applauded by many when it was announced that Frankie & Benny’s was to change into a Wagamama restaurant.

The old Frankie & Benny’s in Crawley’s leisure park which was to be turned into a Wagamama.

Only six months ago an announcement was made the restaurants owners TRG of the change.

Back then the owners confirmed that all the current staff were guaranteed jobs. Then Coronavirus hit.

Staff at the current site of the proposed Wagamama have received letters about CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) which would allow the company to restructure through an insolvency procedure.

Across the UK it has been reported that 125 Frankie & Benny’s restaurants are to now close with up to 3,000 jobs at risk.

But it is not only Wagamama that may be at risk. Restaurant Chiquito is also part of the TRG family.

TRG Group has been contacted for a statement on Crawley’s Chiquito restaurant.


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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