Pizza Hut: Two Scottish branches to close down as 450 jobs will be lost across the UK

The pizza chain has named the 29 restaurants that will be closing due to the pandemic.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 8:43 am
Updated Friday, 11th September 2020, 8:43 am

Restaurant chain Pizza Hut has announced that two Scottish branches will be among the 29 that will be closing down.

The branch in Cumbernauld and the branch in Great Western Retail Park in Glasgow will both shut down.

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The chain has announced that 450 jobs will be cut as the 29 UK stores close.

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

It comes days after rival Pizza Express approved the closure of 73 of its own sites, 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.

Additional reporting by PA

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