THE Brighton branch of Patisserie Valerie will close despite the company being bought out of administration.

The national cake chain, which was chaired by Brighton entrepreneur Luke Johnston, has been taken over Dublin-based Causeway Capital Partners.

It has snapped up 96 Patisserie Valerie sites but that does not include the East Street shop which will close.

Mr Johnson, until recently the firm’s chairman and biggest shareholder, said: “While I’m naturally deeply disappointed at the events that led us to this point, I wish the company well.”

Patisserie Valerie was put up for sale last month after collapsing following the discovery of fraudulent activity in its accounts.

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley subsequently submitted a bid for the chain, but later withdrew it, complaining that he had been locked out of the process by KPMG, which is managing the administration.

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Causeway Capital’s Matt Scaife said: “Patisserie Valerie is heritage brand, much loved by its loyal customers.

“This investment should mark the end of a turbulent period for customers and suppliers alike.”

The cake firm’s parent company, Patisserie Holdings, has been grappling with the fallout of an accounting fraud since October.

Last month the firm said the extent of fraud meant it was unable to renew its bank loans with HSBC and Barclays and it did not have sufficient funding to continue trading, leaving it with no option but to appoint KPMG as administrator.

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KPMG has already closed 70 stores, resulting in 920 redundancies.

Patisserie Valerie chief executive Steve Francis said: “We are delighted to welcome Causeway Capital as our partners in Patisserie Valerie, ending a disruptive period of uncertainty for the business.

“The affection and loyalty for the brand among our customers and employees, and Causeway Capital’s enthusiasm and support for the business, creates for us the foundations for an exciting future for the business.”