Pret to close 30 shops putting at least 1,000 jobs at risk

PRET a Manger is set to permanently close 30 of its shops, putting at least 1,000 jobs at risk.

As well as shutting shops, Pret will also reduce staff numbers in all its remaining stores.

Pret has been struggling during the coronavirus lockdown with its sales down 74 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The cafe chain said it has suffered "significant operating losses" after closing all its UK branches on March 21.

Pret added that its recovery in the UK was "much slower" compared to other countries where it has stores.

On top of shop closures, support teams will also be restructured, and a sale process will be started for the lease of its main support office in London Victoria.

Pret will start a consultation process with employees this week – a final decision on job cuts will then be made after this.

It had previously been suggested that the cafe chain could shut up to 45 stores.

The Sun has asked Pret if it knows which stores are affected and we'll update this article when we know more.

It's already been announced that the affected stores are ones that have yet to reopen.

Pret chief executive, Pano Christou said: "It’s a sad day for the whole Pret family, and I’m devastated that we will be losing so many employees. 

"But we must make these changes to adapt to the new retail environment.

"Our goal now is to bring Pret to more people, through different channels and in new ways, enabling us to grow once more in the medium term."

Pret has 410 shops in the UK, 339 of which have now reopened.

More to follow…

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