ALMR grows membership with more late-night operators

Banyan Manchester

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has grown its membership further into both the casual dining and late-night sectors.

Originally founded to represent modern pub operators, the ALMR has welcomed Bill’s Restaurants and Pizza Hut Restaurants as well as London restaurant and bar Mamuśka and Moon Restaurants.

Other new members include leading Leeds-based restaurant and bar group Arc Inspirations, which has concepts such as Banyan Bar & Kitchen and The Pit, and Apartment Group, a leading operator of bars, pubs and clubs in the north-east.

It means the ALMR now represents pub, club, bar and casual dining operators running 23,000 outlets and employing over 650,000 people, with casual dining now accounting for up to a fifth of retailer members.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The ALMR’s membership has grown from strength to strength over recent years, incorporating increasingly diverse and innovative businesses that reflect changes across the sector, and sharing objectives emerging from a consumer-sensitive market.

“The landscape of licensed hospitality continues to evolve, to face new challenges and to innovate, inspire and drive growth. The uptake in casual dining members is a good indicator of the state of the current market, with businesses adapting in order to prosper.

“We are in a very strong position and, with the welcome additional more new casual dining members, can say we are the leading voice for licensed hospitality in the UK.”

Pictured: Banyan Bar & Kitchen in Manchester

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