WORCESTER’S Pizza Hut is among the 29 earmarked for closure as the fast food giant battles to stay afloat because of the impact of Coronavirus.
The Shrub Hill Retail Park is among those which will be axed as part of a major restructuring with the expected loss of about 450 jobs.
Pizza Hut owners admitted the proposals have been tabled as sales were not expected to bounce back until ‘well into 2021’, despite the restaurant chain opening again with restrictions because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s become the latest in a raft of major names to reveal closure plans and comes just weeks after Pret and DW Sports revealed their businesses in the city would also close their doors.
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.”
The move will not affect operations or jobs at Pizza Hut Delivery or related franchises.