Pizza Hut to permanently close Stafford restaurant

Pizza Hut's Stafford restaurant is one of 29 restaurants which will shut for good as part of a major national restructuring which is expected to result in the loss of about 450 jobs.

Pizza Hut in Stafford is one of 29 stores set to close
Pizza Hut in Stafford is one of 29 stores set to close

It is the latest of a raft of dining chains to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal to avoid collapse.

The Stafford restaurant on The Hough Retail Park, as well as stores in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Worcester, are among those set for closure.

It comes days after rival Pizza Express approved the closure of 73 of its own sites, including Stafford, hitting 1,100 workers.

Pizza Hut said it has put forward the proposals as "sales are not expected to fully bounce back until well into 2021" despite a quick and safe reopening of sites.

A spokeswoman for the chain said: "We are doing everything we can to redeploy our team members from our Pizza Hut restaurants locations that are closing and minimise the impact to our workforce.

"We are therefore unable to share exact job loss numbers for each hut.

"We understand this is a difficult time for everyone involved and are supporting our team members as much as possible throughout this transition."

Bosses were forced to renegotiate their rents through the CVA restructuring deal after revealing it faced "significant disruption" from the pandemic.

The measures aim to protect about 5,000 jobs across its remaining restaurants as well as the "longevity" of the business, it said.

The move will not affect operations or jobs at Pizza Hut Delivery or related franchises.

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