The closed GBK premises in Newbridge
Ten jobs were lost last week with the closure of GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) at the Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge.
Abrakebabra Investments Ltd (AIL Group) is the company behind a group of Irish fastfood franchises. It was in charge of the GBK franchise at the centre and also looks after Abrakebabra, O'Brien's Sandwich Bar and The Bagel Factory.
AIL Managing Director, David Zebedee said the closure was out of its control because the UK parent company of GBK had bought out the Irish GBK franchises, but it only wanted to concentrate on the six Dublin restaurants, and didn't want to keep the Newbridge outlet.
He said staff received all their entitlements and redundancies.
Mr Zebedee said the Newbridge restaurant had been doing well and the decision had not been taken due to lack of business.
“The unit is fully fitted out and offers a great opportunity for another restaurant to avail of. It will be going on the market and we have already been in discussions with a number of outlets. It will reopen,” he said.
He said the Whitewater centre had been sold to Deka and this would also represent new possibilities for the new occupiers. It was reported last March that German-based Deka Immobilien completed its acquisition of Whitewater for €180 million. It also owns Mahon Point shopping centre in Cork.