Pizza Express reveals the 73 restaurants that will close
- Credit: Ian Burt
Pizza Express has revealed the identity of the 73 branches it will close, with the loss of up to 1,100 jobs.
The chain, which is the latest high street giant to announce cuts as coronavirus continues to bite, has thrashed out a deal to reduce many of its rents.
It currently has 454 UK restaurants, but earnings are understood to have been falling in recent months.
Despite fears, there will be relief in Norfolk, whose three outlets - St Benedict’s and The Forum in Norwich, and one in King’s Lynn - are staying open.
Pizza Express said it had hired advisers from Lazard to lead a sale process for the business, which is majority owned by Chinese firm Hony Capital.
Zoe Bowley, Pizza Express’s managing director for the UK and Ireland, said: “Unfortunately, the impact of the global pandemic has meant that we have had to make some incredibly tough decisions to safeguard Pizza Express for the long term.”
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Ms Bowley said that in most cases, the stores selected for closure were near to another Pizza Express that had already reopened or would be reopening soon.
Those closing are:
- 1 Top of the Pops dancer, Octopussy star and 'Lord' settles in Norfolk
- 2 Reduce your dementia risk with 7 lifestyle changes
- 3 Woman injured by jars of sauce thrown in Sainsbury's
- 4 Wanted Norwich man arrested in north Norfolk village
- 5 Man exposed himself to three teenage girls at Morrisons
- 6 BBC Springwatch films at Norfolk nature haven - with beavers
- 7 'They thought I was crazy' - New owner's lockdown pub success
- 8 'Vulnerable' Norfolk man missing from home
- 9 A47 tailbacks as roadworks move west near Norwich
- 10 Bar splashes out £500,000 on outdoor dining area
Aberdeen, Belmont St
Barnstaple, Three Tuns
Birmingham, Corporation St
Bournemouth, Post Office Road
Bristol, Berkeley Square
Bristol, Regent Street
Bruton Place, London
Charlotte Street, London
Dudley, Merry Hill
Earls Court, Earls Court Road, London
Fulham Palace Road, London
Glasgow, Princes Square
Ipswich, Lloyds Avenue
Leeds, Crown Street
Milton Keynes, Hub
Newport, Isle of Wight
Newport, South Wales
O2 Finchley, London
Oxford, Oxford Castle
Reading, St Mary’s Butts
Sheffield, Devonshire Street
Sheffield, The Moor
Southport, Old Bank
Wardour Street, London