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Pizza Hut to close one site in Cambridge - but city’s PizzaExpress restaurants are saved

Pizza Hut is to close its restaurant in Cambridge’s Regent Street.

The chain is shutting 29 restaurants across the country amid a restructuring that is expected to result in the loss of about 450 jobs.

Pizza Hut in Regent Street. Picture: Keith Heppell
Pizza Hut in Regent Street. Picture: Keith Heppell

Its site on Cambridge Retail Park, off Newmarket Road, will remain open.

Meanwhile, Cambridge’s PizzaExpress restaurants appear to be safe. Neither the Jesus Lane or Regent Street restaurants were in a list of 73 sites the business has confirmed will close, costing 1,100 jobs.

Both chains have been badly hit by the pandemic.

Pizza Hut said “sales are not expected to fully bounce back until well into 2021” despite the quick and safe reopening of its sites.

A spokeswoman 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.”

Bosses were forced to renegotiate their rents through a CVA restructuring deal.

The measures aim to protect about 5,000 jobs across its remaining restaurants as well as the “longevity” of the business, it said.

The move will not affect operations or jobs at Pizza Hut Delivery or related franchises.

It was a bad week for Pizza Hut Delivery in Cambridge too, though, after it was revealed that its site at 83 Mill Road had been fined following a cockroach infestation, which has since been cleaned up.

Full list of Pizza Hut restaurants earmarked for closure:

  • Basingstoke Retail Park
  • Brighton City Centre
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Cambridge, Regent Street
  • Cardiff, Culverhouse Cross
  • Chelmsford, Moulsham Street
  • Croydon, North End
  • Cumbernauld
  • Dunstable
  • Glasgow, Great Western Retail Park
  • Grantham
  • Gravesend
  • Huddersfield, John William Street
  • Leicester, Haymarket
  • London, Leyton Mill
  • London, Stratford
  • Maidenhead
  • Maidstone
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Oxford
  • Plymouth Royal Parade
  • Salisbury
  • Scarborough
  • Sheffield, High Street
  • Sheffield, Penistone Road
  • Stafford
  • Thornton Cleveleys
  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • Worcester

Meanwhile, PizzaExpress’ restructuring plans were approved by creditors.

The group currently has 355 sites open, with more than 30 other sites set to reopen in the coming weeks.

It has confirmed plans to close the following 72 outlets:

  • Aberdeen – Belmont St
  • Aylesbury
  • Barnstaple – Three Tuns
  • Biggleswade
  • Billericay
  • Birmingham – Corporation St
  • Birmingham – Mailbox
  • Bournemouth – Post Office Rd
  • Bramhall
  • Bristol – Berkeley Sq
  • Bristol – Regent St
  • Bromsgrove
  • Bruton Place
  • Charlotte St
  • Chippenham
  • Dalton Park
  • Darlington
  • Dudley – Merry Hill
  • Earls Court – Earls Ct Rd
  • Edinburgh – Holyrood
  • Formby
  • Fulham Palace Road
  • Glasgow – Princes Square
  • Glossop
  • Gosforth
  • Grantham
  • Halifax
  • Hampstead
  • Hatch End
  • Hereford
  • Heswall
  • Ipswich – Lloyds Ave
  • Leeds – Crown St
  • Leeds – Horsforth
  • Ludlow
  • Lymington
  • Melton Mowbray
  • Midhurst
  • Milton Keynes – Hub
  • 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 St
  • Sheffield The Moor
  • Shirley
  • Southport – Old Bank
  • Stafford
  • Staines
  • Stoke
  • Stourbridge
  • Sudbury
  • Torquay
  • Uxbridge
  • Wakefield
  • Walsall
  • Wapping
  • Wardour St
  • Weston-super-Mare
  • Whiteley Village
  • Whitstable
  • Wrexham

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