Pret A Manger to close six more branches, bringing total job cuts to 3,200


Fast food giant Pret A Manger has announced plans to close six more branches in London – with a loss of 400 jobs.The company said the roles will be removed in the coming months due to tighter lockdown restrictions across England.

It is in addition to the 2,800 jobs cut in August as part of a restructuring that allowed it to close 30 sites.

The channel said it had experienced “steady growth in sales” in the four months since the sites reopened, but this “has slowed since the end of September.”

Clare Clough, managing director of Pret in the UK, said: “It is absolutely right that we take action to stop the spread of the virus and tackle the new wave of infections.

“Unfortunately, the result of the increase in infections and the necessary change in public health direction means that our recovery has slowed.

“We have always said that it is up to Pret to decide our own future and that we have to adapt to the new situation we find ourselves in. ”

Clough said the cuts were made to help the company prepare for the “months to come”.

“That’s why we need to make these additional changes as we continue to transform our business model and prepare for the next six months. “

The company said it continued to be hampered by social distancing measures and the decline in the number of office workers in major cities.

Pret A Manger cut 2,800 jobs in August after completing the restructuring of its catering business in the UK.

The company said at the time that it had already lost nearly a decade of growth due to the crisis.

Pret A Manger chief executive Pano Christou said it had been “gutted” by the decision to cut staff.

“I am delighted that we must have lost so many colleagues,” he said.

“Although we are now starting to see a steady but slow recovery, the pandemic has swept away nearly a decade of growth in Pret.

“We have been successful in protecting many jobs by changing the way we run our workshops and the hours that we ask team members to work.

“I hope we’ll be able to look at all of these changes now that trade is improving again, and I’m encouraged by the improvements we see every week.

“We will soon be announcing a number of important changes to help Pret more people.

“We are grateful to the government for the support it has given to our sector and hope that this support will continue for as long as possible to give Pret time to adjust. ”

The announcement comes as UK Hospitality, the catering industry’s trade body, warned that 250,000 jobs would be lost in London alone due to new Tier 2 restrictions from midnight on Friday.

This week, Gourmet Burger Kitchen announced 362 job cuts while pub chain Marston’s announced plans to cut 2,150 jobs due to new restrictions.

Rival chain Costa Coffee also warned 1,650 employees were at risk of being made redundant.

Which branches of Pret A Manger are closing?

Pret A Manger announced plans to close 30 stores in July, after admitting its sales fell 74% in the wake of the March pandemic.

The company said it continued to be hampered by social distancing measures and the decline in the number of office workers in major cities.

Pret also permanently phased out its newly acquired UK EAT brand in March.

The following branches are due to close, with six additional branches in London yet to be named.

Greater London:

  • St George’s University Kiosk
  • 421 Brin
  • Terminal 3 d’Heathrow
  • 109 rue Fleet
  • Strutton Ground, Westminster
  • Center Point, Tottenham Court Road,
  • Warwick Way
  • Rue Byward
  • The Cut, Southwark
  • 41 Piccadilly
  • Wood Sreet, Barbacane

Outside London:

  • Worcester, 59 rue High
  • Nottingham, rue Albert
  • Cambridge, Lion’s Court
  • Sheffield, Fargate
  • Uxbridge, rue haute
  • Reading, Broad Street
  • High Wycombe
  • Métrocentre Gateshead
  • Peterborough, Queensgate Centre
  • Edinburgh, Shandwick Place
  • Chichester, East Street
  • Centre commercial Glasgow Fort
  • Leicester, porte Gallowtree
  • Shrewsbury
  • Lakeside, Essex
  • Cardiff, Capitol Center
  • Newcastle, rue Grainger
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Norwich, Chapelfield


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