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Burger company shuts its Metrocentre branch.

UPMARKET burger joint Byron Burger has closed its Metrocentre branch, less than 18 months after opening.

The popular burger chain launched in the Metrocentre last April, when it moved into The Qube leisure complex.

But, less than 18 months after opening, Byron has quietly closed its Gateshead restaurant and removed any reference to it from the company's website.

The Journal contacted Byron Hamburgers to find out why the restaurant had moved out of the Metrocentre, but the company failed to respond. Intu, the company which owns the Metrocentre and Eldon Square shopping centres, confirmed that Byron had moved ou.

Byron Burger The retail unit currently remains unoccupied while Intu looks for a new business to move in.

Gavin Prior, general manager at the Metrocentre, said: "We're always working hard to refresh our store lineup with new and exciting retailers to give our visitors the best possible shopping experience. Since the Qube development in 2016, we have introduced nine new catering brands to the centre, which include some of the best performing in their groups.

"We are currently in discussion with a number of retailers who are keen to have a position in our centre. We'll be in a position to announce new brands soon."

Byron is not the only burger restaurant to shut up shop in the Metrocentre.

A unit in The Qube formerly occupied by the Handmade Burger Co, has been left empty following the collapse of the national chain.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 6, 2017
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