The decline of restaurants in West Quay

THE DINER in Southampton has closed down after trading for just a year.

A sign was attached to the restaurants door on Sunday, revealing that The Diner will be ending their business.

The company have stated that the restaurant closure decision was based on the rough year they have had with trading.

The restaurant are no longer able to continue with their business.
The restaurant are no longer able to continue with their business.

The American themed restaurant found that business was successful on the weekends but less during the week.

A spokesperson for the company has refused to comment on how many staff they have employed, but they did say they have “had an amazing experience trading in West Quay and give our thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout this time.”

Southampton were the first city outside of London to open a branch back in January 2017.

The Diner isn’t the only restaurant that has been faced with business problems in Southampton.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain Jamie Italian, will not be opening in West Quay.

Jamie Italian currently does not have further plans to open in Southampton.
Jamie Italian currently does not have further plans to open in Southampton.

The restaurant had secured the last empty unit at West Quays Watermark with an “opening soon” sign for around a year.

A statement released by the company said: “The Southampton site will not be opening.

“We are working hard to ensure that our estate is fit for the current trading environment and we feel confident that this newly shaped business will provide strong opportunities for growth and profitability”.

Jamie Oliver has 37 restaurants across the UK, but 12 are closing which will leave around 200 people jobless.

West Quay restaurants are in jeopardy due to lack of trading.
West Quay restaurants are in jeopardy due to lack of trading.

The chef’s restaurant in Winchester also closed back in 2014.

West Quay refused to comment on any future plans for the empty unit.

by Ivy Kamau (@ivynkamau) Hannah Watkins(@hannahwatkins99) and Ellie Chivers (@eleanor_chivers).