Wagamama closes its Preston branch just 8 months after opening
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But the kitchen, which offered customers the option of delivery or ‘click and collect’, has now closed permanently.
The vacated unit was found stripped of its signage and with a ‘To Let’ sign advertising its availability.
It is not clear when exactly the Preston branch ceased trading and no explanation has been given for the closure at this stage.
Wagamama has not said whether it has any plans to return to the city or elsewhere in Lancashire.
The Preston branch has been removed from the Wagamama and Deliveroo websites and apps, and the Facebook page confirms the store is now ‘permanently closed’.
Wagamama caused a buzz of excitement among foodies when it opened at Deepdale Retail Park on March 21, with the delivery kitchen based in a block of units close to Aldi.
It offered delivery across the city and surrounding areas including Ingol, Fulwood, Penwortham, Grimsargh, Samlesbury, Higher Walton and Lostock Hall. Those outside the Deliveroo delivery radius were able to order online and collect from the ‘kitchen’.
Speaking ahead of the opening earlier this year, Wagamama said it was ‘excited’ to be opening its first Lancashire branch in Preston and hoped to replicate the success it had in other cities.
Regional marketing manager, Alice Eagle said: “We are so excited to be opening our second Wagamama kitchen in the north of England, after seeing so much success in Leeds.
"Wagamama has been a pillar in the communities around central and greater Manchester for over 25 years now and we felt it was time to provide the people of Preston with the option to have our bowls delivered direct to their doors.
"Our Wagamama kitchen in Preston will also be the first to offer a click and collect option to those who may be slightly outside of the Deliveroo radius and of course have our Middlebrook Bolton location nearby if folks are wanting the option to dine in with us instead.”
Its nearest branches are now at Middlebrook Retail Park in Horwich, near Bolton. It also has restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool.
Wagamama was approached for comment.