Pret A Manger to shutter 30 stores putting 1,000 jobs at risk

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Pret A Manger is permanently closing 30 of its stores and putting around 1,000 jobs into consultation following the “significant impact” of coronavirus on profits and cash flow.

The food-to-go specialist said the plans formed part of a wider strategy to “adjust its business model to succeed in the new retail environment”.

Pret said it has suffered a 74% slump in sales at its UK stores amid the nationwide lockdown and needed to take “difficult steps” to ensure it emerged “fit for future growth”. 

It has kicked off a consultation to reduce its workforce across stores and its London head office.

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