Pizza Express to slice 1,300 jobs

Pizza Express to slice 1,300 jobs

Pizza Express has announced it is to slice a further 1,300 jobs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact on trade.

Last month, the chain revealed it was closing 73 restaurants, putting 1,100 jobs in jeopardy.

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The company said a national 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants and a ban on households mixing indoors in Tiers 2 and 3 coronavirus lockdown areas had caused a severe drop in people dining out.

All of the 370 Pizza Express restaurants across the UK are expected to be affected by the job losses.

In a statement, company MD Zoe Bowley said the recent surge in coronavirus 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,” she added.

Pizza Express was reported to be in difficulty last October after it ended the year with £1,1bn worth of debt following a pre-tax loss of £55million.


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