MERRY Hill bosses have told of their sadness at the closure of Frankie & Benny's but have promised a well-known, international restaurant will take its place.

The popular American Italian restaurant, located off Station Drive, closed its doors for good on June 13 after many years as a firm favourite at the shopping centre complex.

A spokesperson for Merry Hill said: “We are sorry that Frankie & Benny’s is closing and we wish their staff well.

“At this time, we can’t confirm the replacement for the restaurant, however, we expect to be able to reveal further details of a new, international and well-known arrival at Merry Hill very soon.

“At the centre, we are continuing to work hand-in-hand with new and existing retailers to provide the best shopping experience for all of our visitors.

“As we look ahead to the summer, we’ll be able to share more news about our upcoming openings, which come on top of the popular additions that we’ve recently welcomed to the centre.”

Frankie & Benny's has been contacted for further comment.