Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King to close 26 sites with 800 jobs at risk
Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King is to permanently shut 26 sites amid the fall-out from the coronavirus crisis.
The pubs giant, based in Westgate Street, has confirmed it will not reopen 79 sites with about a third closed permanently.
About 800 staff are affected with roles being sought elsewhere in the company, which has called on the Government to provide more support to help the sector.
A spokesman for Greene King said: "The continued tightening of the trading restrictions for pubs, which may last another six months, along with the changes to government support was always going to make it a challenge to reopen some of our pubs.
"Therefore, we have made the difficult decision not to reopen 79 sites, including the 11 Loch Fyne restaurants we announced last week.
"Around one-third will be closed permanently and we hope to be able to reopen the others in the future.
"We are working hard with our teams to try and find them a role in another of our pubs wherever possible.
"We urgently need the government to step in and provide tailored support to help the sector get through to the spring and prevent further pub closures and job losses."
The company runs more than 2,700 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK and employs 38,000 people.