Pret A Manger is to shut six extra outlets and minimize about 400 jobs after its restoration slowed within the face of just lately tightened restrictions and rising Covid-19 case numbers.
It comes simply two months after the espresso and sandwich chain axed 2,800 roles as a part of a restructuring wherein it closed 30 websites.
Pret mentioned it has loved “constant gross sales development” up to now 4 months since however this has “slowed because the finish of September”.
The areas of the affected shops haven’t been introduced however it’s understood they’re all based mostly in London.
Pret mentioned its current “setback” in buying and selling was partially pushed by robust circumstances within the capital, after staff had been suggested final month to earn a living from home the place potential because of the rise in case quantity.
It presently has 389 outlets within the UK, together with 266 shops in London.
Clare Clough, Pret’s UK managing director, mentioned: “It is completely proper that we take steps to cease the unfold of the virus and deal with the brand new wave of infections.
“Sadly, the results of the rise in infections and the mandatory shift in public well being steering imply that our restoration has slowed.
“We have mentioned all alongside that it is as much as Pret to resolve our personal future and that we should adapt to the brand new scenario we discover ourselves in.
“That is why we have now to make these additional modifications as we proceed to remodel our enterprise mannequin and put together for the six months forward.
“We’re doing the whole lot we are able to to help our crew members and to forestall additional job losses at Pret.”
The chain has seemed to diversify its operations in current months to drive its restoration and has revealed a month-to-month subscription service for patrons.
Earlier this week, introduced its first service station website in a partnership with Moto, with the primary as a result of open in December.