Maison Blanc has been closed since the middle of last week.
We reported in November 2016 that a ‘strategic’ review was being carried out by property agent Davis Coffer Lyons of all of the the group’s 13 stores and the staff were informed. We went into the store in February and asked a member of staff whether they knew the outcome of the review and they replied, “We are still waiting to hear.”
Maison Blanc’s owner is Fadwa Al Homaizi’s Kout Food Investments, which is part of Kuwait-based Kout Food Group who own other UK companies including Little Chef, Costa Coffee franchise and Subway. The patisserie group was initially founded by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc in 1981 but he is no longer part of the business. The Henley store opened in 2009 after Toni & Guy closed.
In January this year, City A.M. reported that Patisserie Valerie’s owner was “nearing a deal to take over the chain funded by celebrity chef, Raymond Blanc.” If this is the case, they don’t need this one as they already have one on Market Place.
Henley Town Manager, Helen Barnett has informed us that there was a meeting last week and she has been trying to find out the outcome every since.
We tweeted Maison Blanc to ask why the Henley store was closed and have not received a reply. Another Maison Blanc customer has tweeted a photo of a notice ‘Out of Business’ on the Muswell Hill store door this week. There’s no notice on the Henley store.
We’ve asked Davis Coffer Lyons and Kout Food Group for a statement, as yet we haven’t received a reply.