Market Halls blames social distancing for closure and job losses

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Market Halls, the company which operates three of the biggest food halls in the UK, has blamed social distancing for its current closure and a wave of redundancies.

The food hall operator, which had three sites in Fulham, Victoria and the former BHS building on Oxford Street in London said there was no viable path to reopening with social distancing rules in place and would begin the process of making all staff redundant, according to food news site Eater.

The food and beverage business’ chief executive said the uncertainty and a loss of shoppers and workers from London meant the concept would remain closed until further notice.

Market Halls chief executive Andy Lewis-Pratt said: “[It’s] heart-breaking to see our business bought to its knees by Covid-19 and the ongoing uncertainty about how we get back to normal.”

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