Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Patisserie could shut or be sold

THE future of Maison Blanc in Henley is uncertain, writes David White.

The Duke Street patisserie is one of 13 involved in a “strategic review” being carried out by the owners together with the company’s production facility in London.

Maison Blanc is part of Kout Food Restaurants, which is owned by the Kuwait-based Kout Food Group.

It is understood that staff have been told about the review but it’s not clear whether any outlets that are felt to be surplus to requirements would be sold or closed.

A company spokeswoman said: “Currently we are still in advanced discussions with several interested parties for the 13-strong property portfolio.”

Property agent Davis Coffer Lyons is carrying out the six-week review, which also involves six outlets in London as well as those in Oxford, Farnham, Burford, Winchester, Guildford and Chichester.

Maison Blanc was created in 1981 by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc but he is no longer part of the business.

The Henley outlet opened in 2009 at the former site of the Toni & Guy hairdressing salon.

Henley town manager Helen Barnett said she was aware of the situation but added: “We are extremely fortunate to have only a few empty units within our town centre, several of which are currently under offer or being developed.

“Local commercial agents are very confident about our vibrant high street.”

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