Pret a Manger cuts 2,800 jobs as 30 stores close after struggling due to coronavirus

PRET a Manger has axed 2,800 jobs as it struggles to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

The coffee chain said it will cut the roles from its shops after completing a restructuring of its UK business.

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Pret a Manger is to cut 2,800 jobs as it struggles in the wake of the pandemic lockdown


Pret a Manger is to cut 2,800 jobs as it struggles in the wake of the pandemic lockdown Credit: Alamy

The cuts come after the high street chain said last month that it was planning a shake-up which would result in the closure of 30 sites.

Pret said that although there have been “clear signs of recovery” in footfall since the lockdown was eased, trade across its shops is still around 60 per cent down year-on-year.

Many of its outlets are based in town centres and near offices but has suffered as the majority of city workers are still working from home.

It said the cuts were to reflect shorter opening hours, fewer sales and losses caused by the lockdown.

Which Pret shops are closing for good?

THE following Pret cafes won’t reopen following lockdown.

Greater London

  • St George University Kiosk
  • 421 Strand
  • Heathrow Terminal 3 landside
  • 109 Fleet St
  • Strutton Ground
  • Centre Point
  • Warwick Way
  • Byward Street
  • Southwark The Cut
  • 41 Piccadilly
  • Wood St
  • High St Uxbridge

Outside London

  • 59 High St Worcester
  • Albert St Nottingham
  • Lion Yard Cambridge
  • Fargate Sheffield
  • Broad St Reading
  • High Wycombe
  • Metrocentre Gateshead
  • Queensgate Centre Peterborough
  • Shandwick Place Edinburgh
  • East Street Chichester
  • Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre
  • Gallowtree Gate Leicester
  • Shrewsbury
  • Lakeside
  • Capitol Centre Cardiff
  • Grainger Street Newcastle
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Chapelfield Norwich

Chief executive officer Pano Christou said: “I’m gutted that we’ve had to lose so many colleagues.

“Although we’re now starting to see a steady but slow recovery, the pandemic has taken away almost a decade of growth at Pret.

“We’ve managed to protect many jobs by making changes to the way we run our shops and the hours we ask team members to work.

“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to review all these changes now that trade is improving again, and I’m encouraged by the improvements we’re seeing every week.

“We’ll soon be announcing a number of big changes to help bring Pret to more people.

“We’re grateful to the Government for the support they’ve given our sector, and hope that support will continue as long as possible to give Pret time to adjust.”

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