Wendy’s eyes UK expansion The US company, which is America's third-largest quick service restaurant chain, has begun its search for a debut UK site. Wendy's currently operates over 6,000 sites worldwide and says its UK focus will be Greater London. Read more.

Marston’s hails strong Christmas trading The pub group has reported impressive growth over the festive period, after a challenging 2019. Sales in the four months to 18 January grew 1%, but increased 4.5% over the key Christmas trading days. Read more.

All Eat stores to be converted into Pret sites in six months Pret has announced plans to accelerate its Eat conversions, after acquiring the 90-strong chain last May. The conversion process - which was expected to take two years - will now be completed by the summer, according to the company. Read more.

Hawthorn Leisure considering dark kitchen partnership deals According to reports, the wet-led pub operator is in talks with other businesses - including McDonalds - to rent out pub kitchen space to be used as 'dark kitchens'. Read more.

Punch Pubs expands portfolio Punch Pubs & Co has acquired seven pubs from Heartstone Inns for an undisclosed sum. Punch plans to invest in every one of the pubs, which are spread across the south west of England. Read more.

Hawthorn Leisure pub profits up 4.3% Hawthorn Leisure, the pub operations arm of NewRiver, has reported that like-for-like EBITDA per pub is up 4.3% in the year to date. The company has cited a 'solid' Christmas and ongoing growth plans as key drivers of profit. Read more.