Pizza Express confirms closure of 73 restaurants across the UK

7 September 2020, 11:50 | Updated: 7 September 2020, 11:54

Pizza Express is shutting 73 restaurants
Pizza Express is shutting 73 restaurants. Picture: PA Images

Pizza Express has revealed it will close 73 restaurants, putting 1,100 jobs at risk.

Pizza Express has become the latest company to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic as 73 restaurants will now close.

The high street chain has announced the dramatic closures, which will put over 1000 jobs at risk.

Pizza Express currently has around 454 restaurants across the UK.

Unfortunately, sales have been hit hard by the temporary closure of all its restaurants, as well as the cost of reopening them in June.

The news of possible closures was announced back in August, but these proposals have now been approved by creditors.

Pizza Express is closing 73 branches across the UK
Pizza Express is closing 73 branches across the UK. Picture: PA Images

89% of its creditors voted in favour of its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which allows struggling businesses to cut costs.

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This will also see it lower the rents on its existing restaurants and the company's external debt reduced from £735million to £319million.

Pizza Express currently has 355 restaurants open in the UK, with more than 30 due to reopen in the coming weeks.

In a statement, the company said: "The successful vote unlocks the company's ability to actively address the challenges brought by Covid-19, securing over 9,000 jobs in the UK.

"The directors of Pizza Express thank its creditors for their support during this period and look forward to ongoing partnership as the hospitality industry recovers to growth."

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While most of its restaurants were making money before the pandemic, profits have been falling for the last three years.

This comes after Zizzi owner Azzurri Group announced in July 2020 that it would permanently shut 75 branches.

While Frankie & Benny's owner The Restaurant Group is also planning to close 125 branches.

See the full list of Pizza Express restaurants closing:

Aberdeen - Belmont Street

Aylesbury

Barnstaple - Three Tuns

Biggleswade

Billericay

Birmingham - Corporation Street

Birmingham - Mailbox

Bournemouth - Post Office Road

Bramhall

Bristol - Berkeley Square

Bristol - Regent Street

Bromsgrove

Bruton Place

Charlotte Street

Chippenham

Dalton Park

Darlington

Dudley - Merry Hill

Earls Court - Earls Court Road

Edinburgh - Holyrood

Formby

Fulham Palace Road

Glasgow – Princes Square

Glossop

Gosforth

Grantham

Halifax

Hampstead

Hatch End

Hereford

Heswall

Ipswich - Lloyds Avenue

Leeds - Crown Street

Leeds - Horsforth

Ludlow

Lymington

Melton Mowbray

Midhurst

Milton Keynes

Moseley

New Brighton

Newcastle

Newport - Isle of Wight

Newport - South Wales

Northallerton

Nottingham - Goosegate

O2 Finchley

Orpington

Oxford - Oxford Castle

Poole

Port Solent

Ramsgate

Reading - St Mary's Butts

Scarborough

Sheffield - Devonshire Street

Sheffield The Moor

Shirley

Southport - Old Bank

Stafford

Staines

Stoke

Stourbridge

Sudbury

Torquay

Uxbridge

Wakefield

Walsall

Wapping

Wardour Street

Weston-super-Mare

Whiteley Village

Whitstable

Wrexham

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