Posted: 19/12/2019

La Cave a Fromage’s last outlet closes without warning

La Cave a Fromage’s last remaining store has closed suddenly, concluding the rapid decline of a business that once had four retail outlets and supplied some of the best restaurants in the country.

The flagship London shop and café in South Kensington, which opened in 2007, shut without warning in October with stock left in display cabinets and a sign saying the property had been repossessed by the landlord. 

Angry comments were left on Tripadvisor by people who had been given vouchers for the store, but had not had a chance to redeem them. 

The business was set up in 1998 by Amnon Paldi and Eric Charriaux, and grew to include four shops in London and Hove under the La Cave brand and Premier Cheese, a wholesale business with eight depots around the country and a fleet of 16 vans supplying customers including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Le Gavroche. 

Premier went into administration in March, before being bought by produce supplier Premier Fruits. Paldi and Charriaux retained ownership of the retail business, which comprised two shops, but were forced to close the Hove branch in August with staff given just a few hours’ notice. 

Documents filed at Companies House showed that the Kensington shop had received notice of being struck off in March, although the action was discontinued soon after. 

The latest accounts for the company for the year to March 2018 showed that it owed creditors £279k, with net assets of £49k.

This story appeared in the December issue of Fine Food Digest. You can read more on the digital edition here.

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