UK Coffee Chain Pret Facing Jobs Fallout From Virus Lockdown

British coffee and sandwich chain Pret a Manger will shut 30 UK shops after demand dived during the coronavirus lockdown, the company said Monday as it eyed 1,000 job cuts.

Pret, which currently has 550 outlets worldwide, has decided to close 30 of its 410 UK branches and reduce staffing levels due to the “significant impact” of the outbreak on its operating costs and cashflow, the company said in the statement.

AFP understands the measures could see Pret shed 1,000 staff members, or one eighth of its total workforce in Britain.

“Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Pret has faced significant operating losses,” the company said.

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