Pizza Hut has named the 29 restaurants it will shut for good as part of a major restructuring with the loss of around 450 jobs.
The Pizza Hut Restaurants group – the franchise which owns the UK dine-in restaurants – announced on Wednesday that it was negotiating a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) deal to tackle “significant disruption” from the covid-19 pandemic.
The group said it put forward the proposals as “sales are not expected to fully bounce back until well into 2021” despite a quick and safe reopening of sites.
It added the move will not affect operations or jobs at Pizza Hut Delivery or related franchises.
It is the latest of a raft of dining chains to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal to avoid collapse.
The announcement comes days after rival Pizza Express approved the closure of 73 of its own sites, affecting 1,100 workers.
A spokeswoman for the chain said: “We are doing everything we can to redeploy our team members from our Pizza Hut Restaurants locations that are closing and minimise the impact to our workforce.
“We are therefore unable to share exact job loss numbers for each Hut.
“We understand this is a difficult time for everyone involved and are supporting our team members as much as possible throughout this transition.”
The measures aim to protect about 5,000 jobs across its remaining 215 restaurants as well as the “longevity” of the business, it said.
These are the restaurants earmarked for closure:
– Basingstoke Retail Park
– Brighton City Centre
– Bury St Edmunds
– Cambridge, Regent Street
– Cardiff, Culverhouse Cross
– Chelmsford, Moulsham Street
– Croydon, North End
– Glasgow, Great Western Retail Park
– Huddersfield, John William Street
– Leicester, Haymarket
– London, Leyton Mill
– London, Stratford
– Plymouth Royal Parade
– Sheffield, High Street
– Sheffield, Penistone Road
– Thornton Cleveleys