Pizza Express has confirmed that no further restaurants will be closed, however they are cutting 1,300 more jobs across the UK. According to BDaily, the pizza chain closed 73 restaurants in August, which affected 1,100 jobs, but further cuts are being made due to coronavirus restrictions.
Since December, it has been said that Pizza Express has seen a decline in diners in its remaining 370 venues, especially in its city centre restaurants. This has, however, largely been down to social distancing measures as due to new capacity rules, fewer customers have been able to be served in one sitting.
Managing director of Pizza Express, Zoe Bowley, said, “Our aim throughout these extremely challenging times has been to keep our team members and customers safe, and to retain jobs for as long as possible.
“As a leading employer in our sector, we see every day how this pandemic is having a profound impact on our industry, our business and on people’s lives.
“Unfortunately, the recent increase in Covid-19 cases is again causing footfall to decline across the UK.
“As this is expected to continue for some months, we sadly need to make changes that will impact more of our team members.
“Our people remain at the heart of our business and we are doing what we can to support those who are affected.
“We believe that this difficult decision will give us more resilience through the next six months and help us to continue serving our customers in our restaurants and at home in the years ahead.”
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