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Pizza Express chain closes 73 restaurant branches in the UK. Here’s the full list

By Alma Fabiani

Aug 19, 2020

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Why are Pizza Express restaurants shutting down?

The famous Chinese-owned restaurant group Pizza Express revealed last night in a statement that it will close 73 restaurant branches across the UK. The branches will close as part of a plan to restructure its estates.

The chain, which has over 470 restaurants across the UK and 100 overseas in Europe, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, The Philippines, The United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Saudi Arabia had already been struggling before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.

The company’s statement explained that although the majority of its restaurants were profitable before lockdown was imposed, earnings had been declining across the Pizza Express estate for the last three years. It added that the reduction in revenue caused by the enforced closure of all restaurants as well as the cost of reopening and the UK’s uncertain economic future meant its rental costs were no longer sustainable. These new closures are thought to impact 1,100 members of staff.

Pizza Express, which is owned by Chinese firm Hony Capital, also confirmed it had hired advisers from Lazard to lead a sale process for the business.

Here is the full list of the chain's restaurants shutting down in the UK

Aberdeen – Belmont Street

Aylesbury

Barnstaple – Three Tuns

Biggleswade

Billericay

Birmingham – Corporation Street

Birmingham – Mailbox

Bournemouth – Post Office Road

Bramhall

Bristol – Berkeley Square

Bristol – Regent Street

Bromsgrove

Bruton Place

Charlotte Street

Chippenham

Dalton Park

Darlington

Dudley – Merry Hill

Earls Court – Earls Court Road

Edinburgh – Holyrood

Formby

Fulham Palace Road

Glasgow – Princes Square

Glossop

Gosforth

Grantham

Halifax

Hampstead

Hatch End

Hereford

Heswall

Ipswich – Lloyds Avenue

Leeds – Crown Street

Leeds – Horsforth

Ludlow

Lymington

Melton Mowbray

Midhurst

Milton Keynes

Moseley

New Brighton

Newcastle

Newport – Isle of Wight

Newport – South Wales

Northallerton

Nottingham – Goosegate

O2 Finchley

Orpington

Oxford – Oxford Castle

Poole

Port Solent

Ramsgate

Reading – St Mary’s Butts

Scarborough

Sheffield – Devonshire Street

Sheffield The Moor

Shirley

Southport – Old Bank

Stafford

Staines

Stoke

Stourbridge

Sudbury

Torquay

Uxbridge

Wakefield

Walsall

Wapping

Wardour Street

Weston-super-Mare

Whiteley Village

Whitstable

Wrexham