Greene King: 800 jobs lost as pub giant shuts dozens of bars

Greene King has said it will shut dozens of pubs with the loss of 800 jobs after being hit by tighter restrictions in the face of the pandemic.

Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 1:50 pm

The company, which owns Dunbar-based brewery Belhaven, said it will keep 79 of its sites shut for the time being, with around one third of these closures expected to be permanent.

The closures could affect some of Scotland’s best-known drinking establishments, including Edinburgh’s The World's End pub on the Royal Mile, and the Oxford Bar in New Town - made famous by crime writer Ian Rankin in his Rebus series of novels.

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The company called on the Government to provide support for the hospitality sector while tightened restrictions, such as the recent 10pm curfew, remain in place.

The closures could affect some of Scotland’s best-known drinking establishments, including Edinburgh’s The World's End pub on the Royal Mile.
The closures could affect some of Scotland’s best-known drinking establishments, including Edinburgh’s The World's End pub on the Royal Mile.

A spokeswoman for Greene King said: "The continued tightening of the trading restrictions for pubs, which may last another six months, along with the changes to Government support was always going to make it a challenge to reopen some of our pubs.

"Therefore, we have made the difficult decision not to reopen 79 sites, including the 11 Loch Fyne restaurants we announced last week.

"Around one-third will be closed permanently and we hope to be able to reopen the others in the future.

"We are working hard with our teams to try and find them a role in another of our pubs wherever possible.

"We urgently need the Government to step in and provide tailored support to help the sector get through to the spring and prevent further pub closures and job losses."

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