PizzaExpress has announced that after a three-month hospitality hiatus, it will be welcoming back customers from 12 April to 118 of its restaurants in England for outdoor dining.
Last year, the group formally launched a CVA in a bid to reduce its restaurant estate and rental cost base following the pandemic. The proposal saw the permanent closure of 73 restaurants, resulting in a loss of 1,100 jobs.
As the impact of lockdown restrictions set in, the group revealed it would cut 1,300 additional jobs across its 370 UK restaurants attributed to poor sales and the continued impact of Covid-19.
Zoe Bowley, UK&I managing director, said at the time: “Unfortunately, the impact of the global pandemic has meant that we have had to make some incredibly tough decisions to safeguard PizzaExpress for the long term. Today we have confirmed that 73 of our pizzerias are proposed to close permanently.”
She added: “In most cases, there is another PizzaExpress nearby, either already open or reopening soon, to welcome our customers. Our focus is on our people whose jobs are impacted and we will be doing everything we can either to redeploy them or to support them in finding roles elsewhere.”