Gourmet Burger Kitchen to axe 362 jobs and 26 restaurants despite rescue sale

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) is to close 26 restaurants and axe 362 roles despite being saved from administration.

The chain has been bought in a rescue deal by Boparan Restaurant Group, which also snapped Carluccio’s out of insolvency earlier in the pandemic.



GBK said it had started to see improvements in trading last year after a major restructuring process in 2018, which saw it shut a raft of sites.

However, the company, which had been owned by South African group Famous Brands, said it slid into administration after the virus impacted upon its liquidity and potential to be sold as a solvent business.

The sale will secure the future of 35 GBK restaurants (Rick Findler/PA)
The sale will secure the future of 35 GBK restaurants (Rick Findler/PA)

The group has now been sold in a pre-pack administration deal after working with insolvency specialists at Deloitte.

It said the move will save 35 sites and 669 jobs from its original network of 61 restaurants and 1,031 employees.

Gavin Maher, joint administrator at Deloitte, said: “As with a number of dining businesses, the broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement.

“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution and I am glad to be able to announce the rescue of this well-loved brand together with a large proportion of the sites and workforce.

“However, it’s clearly disappointing that a number of sites have had to close resulting in today’s redundancies.

“We would like to thank all of those involved in the transaction, including our legal advisers, DLA Piper, and wish the management team, workforce and the new owners, Boparan Restaurant Group, every success in now taking the business forward.”

It is the latest expansion in dining for Boparan, which is owned by “Chicken King” Ranjit Boparan and also owns the chains Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner.

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The best furniture, home decor and more to get on sale

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Don’t miss out on the best furniture and home décor deals. (Photo: NuLoom)

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We’ve all been spending a lot more time in our homes this year, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve discovered 1,000 things or more to change within your living space. Whether your focus has been on interior design and décor elements, or on creating more comfortable living, now is the time to outfit your nest.

From office chairs to shower heads, we’ve researched all the best Prime Day deals, so you can save on products you’ll be so glad you bought.

Don’t forget to sign up for Prime membership if you haven’t already—it’s a requirement to shop this sale event, but you can always take advantage of the free 30-day trial. Membership also includes free shipping on eligible purchases and exclusive shopping deals, not to mention free access to films, TV shows, books and music. 

While you’re shopping, make sure to check out all the best Amazon Prime Day deals that you can get right now.

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7 Best Kitchen Items on Sale for Amazon Prime Day

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Get ready to spruce up your kitchen, because some of your favorite kitchenware and appliance brands are offering mega discounts right now.

Amazon kicked off its legendary 48-hour Prime Day sale at midnight and will continue into 11:59 p.m. PT tomorrow, Oct. 14, and some of the deals are astonishing. From programmable slow cookers to cast iron griddles, we pulled together a list of seven of the best kitchen item sales available on Amazon Prime right now. (Related: 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)

And after, be sure to read 9 Kitchen Essentials You Need for Fall to see the Eat This, Not That! team’s favorite appliance and kitchenware items.

cast iron griddle

This high-end skinny griddle is on sale for about $90, down from it’s original price $159.95. Whether you’re making grilled cheese, pancakes, or chicken skewers, this cast iron griddle is durable and retains heat better than traditional pans. (Related: 35 Quick and Amazing Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes)

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steak knife set

Imagine elevating your homemade steak dinner with a classy knife set made with stainless steel blades? The set includes eight, 4-inch serrated blade steak knives all enclosed in a wooden box made easy for storing. The knife set was originally $160, but for Amazon Prime Day the price is just $40. (Related: The 10 Best Kitchen Knife Sets Under $100)

cuisinart mixer

The stand mixer that’s perfect for any home baker is down from $365 to $199.95. Complete with 12 speeds and a stainless steel bowl, this deal isn’t one you’ll want to pass up on—especially if you’re trying to perfect your baking skills this fall and winter.

aluminum baking sheets

Why not stock up on new baking sheets just in time for cookie season? Right now, you can use your Amazon Prime account to score two of these aluminum baking sheets for less than $18.00.

ninja air fryer

If you love roasting fall veggies but want to cut back on some calories, ditch the olive oil and pan and instead toss your cubed butternut squash and sweet potatoes in an air fryer. Down from $129.99, you can score the 4-quart Ninja Air Fryer for just $90 on Amazon.

nespresso machine

If you love espresso but don’t like to venture out to your local coffee shop when it’s cold out, this machine may be perfect for you. Originally priced at $249.95, the Breville Nespresso Machine is now on sale for less than $180. The machine also comes with an Aeroccino milk frother, which will give your cappuccino or latte that desired foamy top.

instant pot

If you’re in the market for a new slow cooker, you won’t want to miss out on this deal. Right now, Amazon is offering this popular programmable slow cooker from Instant Pot for just $70, down from $149.95. The appliance offers 11 different program settings so

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Kitchen gadgets to get on sale at Amazon right now

Amazon Prime Day 2020: the best clever kitchen gadgets are on sale right now (Photo: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser)

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Amazon Prime Day is here and we’re here to help you shop wisely. While you might be seeing a ton of featured deals on TVs and smart gadgets, Prime Day is about more than just tech—you can find great savings on top-rated knife sets, pressure cookers and small appliances, too (just be sure to sign up!). 

These are the best deals for cooking and kitchen products we’ve found. And be sure to check out our full list of all the best Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals.

The best Prime Day deals on kitchen gadgets

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Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden luminarias 2020 tickets on sale now

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The holidays might look different this year due to COVID-19, but Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is keeping a Southwest tradition alive.

Las Noches de las Luminarias will take place on select nights in November and December, lighting up the night amid the garden’s 50,000 desert plants. Eight thousand luminarias and rows of twinkling lights will illuminate the plant collection and trails through New Year’s Eve.

Garden members can buy tickets now. Sales open to the general public beginning Monday, Oct. 19. Admission will be limited and reservations are required. You can reserve your dates at  https://dbg.org/events/las-noches-de-las-luminarias-2020/2020-11-27.

What’s new this year

For the first time, there will be a “silent night” for “self-reflection and rejuvenation” that coincides with the winter solstice on Dec. 21.

While past years have featured live entertainment such as storytelling, stargazing, mariachi bands and handbell choirs, most dates this year will only have “prerecorded  sounds of the holiday season and Southwest due to capacity restrictions of venues and trails.”

There will be a limited amount of live music during the member weekend, Dec. 4-6.

A touchless photo booth will be available for visitors who want to commemorate the evening by taking photos, GIFs and Boomerang videos.

COVID-19 safety at the garden

Tickets must be reserved online or by phone ahead of time; they will not be available for purchase at the gate.

All Desert Botanical Garden staff will be wearing face coverings, and all visitors ages 6 and older are asked to wear them as well while maintaining 6 feet of distance from other groups.

As a precaution, some experiences will remain closed at the garden, including select trails, Gertrude’s Restaurant, the Cocoon, the Cactus Clubhouse and the Ottosen Gallery.

Las Noches de las Luminarias

When: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 17-23 and 26-31.

Where:1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.

Admission: From $29.95, $10.95 for ages 3-17. Reservations required.

Details: 480-941-1225, https://dbg.org.

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Many Retailers, From Belk To Home Depot, Retire The Annual Columbus Day Sale

It seems as though the annual Columbus Day Sales promotion has finally run its course. Retailers have largely abandoned the event. Once a profit generator for department stores and downtown shopping districts, the Columbus Day Sale has become a liability.

The depiction of an explorer who enslaved and brutalized native inhabitants of the West Indies brought Columbus front and center during recent demonstrations. Many no longer celebrate Columbus as a skilled navigator and the discoverer of America.

The controversy behind Columbus Day is nothing new and has been brewing for several decades. But after a year that included calls for social reform, the removal of statues and monuments, and retail sales declines and closures, 2020 became the year to retire the Columbus Day Sale.

Last October, Belk, the Charlotte-based department store company, held its annual Columbus Day Sale but its sale circulars did not feature the promotion’s name in bold print. Belk has abandoned the annual event completely this year. At Belk, it’s now the “Feeling Fall Sale.”

By the late 1970s, the Columbus Day Sale transitioned from a clothing sale to a home improvement promotion. Home Depot, Lowe’s
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, Ashley Furniture, and many more home retailers advertised the Columbus Day Sale tradition up through, and including, 2019. But Home Depot and Lowe’s have retired the Columbus Day Sale for 2020.

However, “Rooms To Go” has elected to hold a Columbus Day Sale this year. The retailer operates over 150 furniture stores throughout the southeastern United States, Texas, and Puerto Rico. Janis Altshuler, Senior Vice President at Rooms To Go, says, “Rooms To Go opted to keep Columbus Day as the name for the event because that is the federal name of the holiday and we wanted to avoid confusion. This certainly will be considered in the future and no decision has been made for 2021.”

Altshuler explains why it remains an important sale for furniture retailers. “Traditionally, federal holidays, especially those that turn into 3-day weekends, make for good furniture shopping times for consumers. Since furniture is a considered a large purchase, it is advantageous to have multiple family members be able to shop together and having Monday off extends that opportunity.”

In recent years, department stores, once the cornerstone for the annual event, have steadily abandoned the Columbus Day Sale name. Dillard’s eliminated the annual promotion in 2009. Macy’s did likewise in 2017.

The Columbus Day Sale had little purpose other than to be an October promotion. The year’s sales trends often dictated the nature of the sale. Retailers used it as a clearance event for summer stock when back-to-school figures

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El Oasis Gardeners Get Two More Weeks But Land Sale Seems Inevitable

The gardeners at El Oasis Community Garden enjoyed a small victory earlier this month. Their move-out date was extended to October 18, giving them two more weeks to enjoy their garden’s bounty. It was a small reprieve from the bad news they’d learned from Denver Urban Gardens, which owns the land, less than a month earlier: two-thirds of El Oasis was under contract to be sold.

The sale, brought about to cover the nonprofit’s outstanding debt, is meant to sustain the organization’s ability to provide for more than 180 other gardens it maintains around the city. Without the sale’s revenue, DUG could cease to exist. But once the land — sold in good faith to the nonprofit for $1 in 1988 — is developed, it cannot be replaced.

“I find myself in a pickle,” says Denver City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval, who’s been contacted by many of her constituents about the sale. “I understand. I’m empathetic to their concerns. … I wish we weren’t in this particular situation for all involved. I think it’s pitting neighbors against a nonprofit that does a lot of really good community work.”

While the El Oasis community celebrated the additional two weeks to garden, they still question the chain of events that led to the sale.EXPAND

While the El Oasis community celebrated the additional two weeks to garden, they still question the chain of events that led to the sale.

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She’s not the only one to feel that there’s no good option. Rachel Bygrave, the garden leader of DUG’s Whittier Garden, expressed frustration that the DUG board hadn’t been transparent about its financial situation. “The gardeners all across the city weren’t able to rally,” she says. “I hope they looked at every possibility… It’s disappointing that people didn’t have an advance [notice], because we can’t lose DUG either. That’s not a good solution.”

El Oasis gardeners hoped that media attention and public pressure could cause Caliber Construction, the anticipated buyers, to back out of the deal. But Caliber has maintained a low profile, ignoring all gardeners’ requests for conversation and declining to comment for this story or the original coverage on September 24. The deal is set to close on December 1.

In 2006, Bygrave experienced the sale of another DUG property, located in Capitol Hill. The nonprofit didn’t own the land, and when the owner died, his children sold the property. DUG’s executive director at the time, Michael Buchenau, did everything he could to save the garden, Bygrave says. “He really cared passionately about saving that garden, and he helped us every step of the way trying to save that land.”

Many brought food made with garden ingredients, including a cake made with edible flowers.EXPAND

Many brought food made with garden ingredients, including a cake made with edible flowers.

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After the sale of El Oasis became public, Dr. Violeta Garcia stepped down as executive director of Denver Urban Gardens the week of September 28. Garcia did not respond to a request for her comment on the matter.

On October 1, Lara Fahnestock, Director of Garden Support, sent El Oasis gardeners an apology for not bringing them into the conversation earlier. “We understand that you’re still hurting

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ house for sale just in time for Halloween

“I’m having an old friend for dinner.”

It’s the ultimate real estate listing for fans of creepy movie houses — the home of Buffalo Bill from the 1991 hit film “Silence of the Lambs.”

The 140-year-old house has plenty of other history, too. Its garage served as the general store, post office and train station in 1880 in its Pennsylvania town.

“This 3-story Princess Anne Victorian located in Perryopolis was the home of Buffalo Bill in the film ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and is situated on 1.76 acres of level land along the Youghiogheny River,” the listing reads. “Original hardwood floors, woodwork, light fixtures, pocket doors, fireplaces and wallpaper are in pristine condition, dating back to 1910 when the home was built. Recent improvements include reflooring the wrap-around porch and gazebo, a rose bed garden and fountain were added at the front, refinished hardwood floors in attic, new hot water tank, well pump and UV filter. “

The house is listed for $298,500.

Fans will recognize the original foyer details that were seen in the movie when Clarice confronts Buffalo Bill. The basement, though creepy in it’s own right, does not actually feature a well.

For those not in the market for a house but in the mood for a road trip, the house is located at 8 Circle Street in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

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Garden Club of Aiken’s holiday greenery sale is underway | Home and Garden

Looking for some festive holiday decorations?

The Garden Club of Aiken is conducting a greenery sale for the second year in a row.

Plans call for $5,000 from the proceeds to be donated to the Friends of the Aiken County Public Library.

The money will be used to help fund new landscaping on the grounds of the library, which is undergoing a major renovation at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W.

The garden club has maintained the landscaping near the facility’s entrance for many years.

“The Friends of the Library are deeply grateful that Aiken’s oldest garden club will continue its historical connection by funding new landscaping through their Christmas greens sale,” said Friends President Bill Reynolds.

The rest of funds raised by the 2020 greenery sale will be returned to the community through the club’s various outreach programs.

Available for purchase from the club are small, medium and large wreaths, garlands, kissing balls, tabletop trees, table runners and hand-tied deep red velvet bows.

For more information about the holiday greenery sale or to place an order online, visit thegardenclubofaiken.com.

The deadline for orders is Oct. 24.

In addition, special order services are being offered for extra large wreaths, custom garlands and mailbox saddles.

To purchase those decorations, contact an Aiken Garden Club member or call Bonnie Coward at 803 215-1956 before Oct. 17.

Orders can be picked up from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 at 1022 South Boundary Ave. S.E.

Claudia Lea Phelps, a member of Aiken’s Winter Colony, founded the Garden Club of Aiken in 1924.

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‘Trump defeats COVID’ coin on sale at unaffiliated ‘White House Gift Shop’

  • A company named “The White House Gift Shop” is selling a “Trump Defeats COVID” commemorative coin for $100.
  • But the shop isn’t actually affiliated with the White House, and is a private, for-profit company that severed its ties to the government years ago.
  • The coin designer and CEO of the store said the coin “features more than a hint of superhero qualities” in Trump.
  • Trump has been portraying himself as having conquered his COVID-19 illness, even though he is still infectious, he received a host of treatments, and doctors say he isn’t in the clear yet.
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The White House Gift Shop is selling a $100 “Trump Defeats COVID” commemorative coin that portrays the president as something of a “superhero,” but the shop isn’t actually affiliated with the White House itself.

The shop made the coin available for preorder on Monday, shortly before Trump returned from the Walter Reed medical center, where he spent four days being treated for the novel coronavirus.

The shop doesn’t yet have an image of what the coin will look like up of the coin, but it says that preorders will be shipped on November 14.

Anthony Giannini, the White House Gift Shop chairman who also designed the coin, said that when the shop heard about the president’s diagnosis “we had faith and prayed, yet we knew our President would find a way to knockout COVID in early rounds of this battle.”

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The coin design hasn’t been revealed yet, but is available for pre-order.

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“President Trump, as you know, is a fan of boxing, and the new coin design features more than a hint of superhero qualities in history’s most fascinating president.”

The site that 20% of the proceeds from the coin will go to COVID-19 prevention and cancer treatment. 

The shop isn’t affiliated with Trump

Despite its name, the White House Gift Shop’s products aren’t actually made by the White House.

As Business Insider’s Grace Panetta previously reported, amid outrage over the shop selling coronavirus-themed commemorative coins earlier this year, the shop is actually a private, for-profit company that is not connected to the federal government.

This is even though the shop’s logo and merchandise looks official, and the website appears to have a government seal.

Talking Points Memo reported in 2018 that the entity behind the shop was once connected to the government: It was created under President Harry Truman’s government in 1946, and was operated by a nonprofit for Secret Service members.

But in 2011, a private company run by Giannini — Giannini Strategic Enterprises — was contracted to run it, and in 2013, full ownership was transferred to that company, Talking Points Memo reported.

The website says the shop “continues to actively support Law Enforcement Departments or Agencies by funding special advanced firearms training and by purchasing safe and effective arms for departments often in smaller jurisdictions with limited advanced training budgets.”

Its new coin does continue the narrative that Trump

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