Pizza Express has said it will push forward with plans to close 73 restaurants and cut around 1,100 jobs after restructuring plans were approved by creditors.
The news comes as research suggests more than half of medium-sized businesses are planning job cuts as the Government’s Job Retention Scheme comes to an end in October.
Nine out of 10 firms surveyed by business advisory firm BDO said they had already made up to a fifth of their staff redundant.
More job losses are expected in the coming months, with fewer than 10% of respondents saying they have no plans for any job cuts.
Pizza Express has become the latest dining chain to shut sites after revenues dived following the enforced closure of its restaurants in March.
The group currently has 355 sites open, with more than 30 other sites set to reopen in the coming weeks.
The following sites have been earmarked for permanent closure:
Aberdeen – Belmont St
Barnstaple – Three Tuns
Birmingham – Corporation St
Birmingham – Mailbox
Bournemouth – Post Office Rd
Bristol – Berkeley Sq
Bristol – Regent St
Dudley – Merry Hill
Earls Court – Earls Ct Rd
Edinburgh – Holyrood
Fulham Palace Road
Glasgow – Princes Square
Ipswich – Lloyds Ave
Leeds – Crown St
Leeds – Horsforth
Milton Keynes – Hub
Newport – Isle of Wight
Newport – South Wales
Nottingham – Goosegate
Oxford – Oxford Castle
Reading – St Mary’s Butts
Sheffield – Devonshire St
Sheffield The Moor
Southport – Old Bank
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