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UK-based O’Briens sees HQ and website close

first_imgThe head office and website of O’Briens Sandwich Bars in the UK have closed down.It comes two years after the UK chain was bought out following the collapse of O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bars (UK) Ltd and O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bars (Property UK) Ltd in 2009 into administration. Both companies were subsequently dissolved.It is not known how many shops are still trading as O’Briens Sandwich Bars, but it is understood the majority of the shops have rebranded and are trading as independents.The Glasgow branch of O’Briens is still using the original name, but the owner said he now had no connection with his former franchisor and the head office for O’Briens Sandwich Bars UK, in Glasgow, had closed. Four former O’Briens franchisees who spoke to British Baker said they have had no contact with the directors since last year.Following the collapse in 2009 of the UK business, a new company, O’Briens Franchising (UK) Ltd, bought the assets and set about working with some of the remaining franchisees. According to Companies House documents, the company is still trading, although it has never filed accounts the first set of which were required to be filed by 20 January 2011.A separate company formed in 2009, O’Briens Franchising (GB) Ltd, which had directors in common with O’Briens Franchising (UK) Ltd, was struck off in November 2011.O’Briens in Ireland is a separate company from the UK business and is not linked to the UK stores. Its website says it operates over 100 stores across the Irish Republic.last_img read more


Brauner rides momentum to another Off Road win

first_imgBy Randy Pospishil [email protected] Hadcock finished second, just ahead of Hoskinson. “It’s kind of nerve wracking starting all the way back there, with a lot of tough cars to pass,” Brauner said. “You need a lot of patience when you start that far back.” The task for a driver navigating a journey through the field includes trying to pass experienced drivers and avoiding getting caught up in situations causing cautions which, for Brauner, meant catching up to John Hadcock, who led 14 straight laps until Brauner was able to make his way into the front three cars before eventually passing Jeremy Hoskinson with six laps remaining. Ben Sukup made his move, passing race leader Matt Haase on the outside during the restart follow­ing the second of three cautions in the IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature, then opened up a straightaway-length lead over the field to win for the second time this season at Off Road Speed­way. “This was two wins in a row, after winning Friday night in Albion, and it’s two wins in a row here at Nor­folk, so we’ve got some momentum built up,” Brauner said. “I hope we can continue the momen­tum and keep winning like we are as the season winds down.”  In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, Shannon Pospisil took the lead on a restart following a caution five laps into the 15-lap race and held it for the win.  NORFOLK, Neb. (Aug. 1) – Austin Brauner started in the seventh of nine rows and finished first in the Saturday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Off Road Speedway.  Brauner then caught up to Hadcock and passed on the inside of turn two before establishing a solid lead during the final three laps for the win. Colby Langenberg led the way to the checkers in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.last_img read more