Hundreds of jobs could be at risk with Pizza Express reportedly set to close 75 restaurants across the UK.
The popular chain is said to be drawing up plans to axe a proportion of its 470 branches via a company voluntary arrangement, according to Sky News.
In what is yet another blow to the High Street, hundreds of jobs could be lost at the company which is one of Britain’s biggest restaurant operators.
It’s understood the number could be higher or lower than 75, but is unlikely to be more than 20 per cent of the firm’s branches writes the Mirror.
It’s not known at this stage if restaurants across the West Midlands will be affected.
Around 8000 workers are employed at the chain.
Pizza Express told BirminghamLive: “PizzaExpress has made no announcement and is not commenting.”
The news comes as amid a raft of closures and job losses as the High Street suffers because of the pandemic.
Just weeks ago, The Casual Dining Group which owns Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas was put into administration with 1900 jobs set to go.
And at Frankie & Benny’s, 125 outlets were closed last month.
Just days ago, Boots and John Lewis announced they would be closing stores across the UK.
The firms said most of their job losses would come from restructuring their head offices and store teams.