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Closure fears for Bury St Edmunds takeaway after pandemic hits trade




The owners of a Bury St Edmunds takeaway fear they may have to close the business due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight by Brunity, in St John's Street, opened in June last year but announced on social media last night that it may have to close its doors 'for good in the coming weeks if the business doesn’t improve'.

Co-owner Adrian Sandu said there had been fewer orders than expected due to household budgets tightening during the pandemic and, with town centre businesses closed due to the lockdowns and Tier 4 restrictions, there had been less lunchtime trade.

Eight by Brunity, in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds. Pictured: Bogdan Cojocaru, Adrian Sandu, Eduard Petre and Alin Bularca. Picture by Mecha Morton
Eight by Brunity, in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds. Pictured: Bogdan Cojocaru, Adrian Sandu, Eduard Petre and Alin Bularca. Picture by Mecha Morton

He said: "Cornavirus has affected a lot of businesses, not just us. We talk with neighbours, we talk with friends who all work in different takeaway restaurants and everybody is affected.

"It has done a lot of damage to a lot of small businesses.

"I feel disappointed because I really thought our business would be successful. I really believed in the business idea and the concept."

All dishes on Eight by Brunity's menu are £8 excluding drinks and sides.

He said if the situation doesn't improve, they will likely close at the end of February.

"There's no money coming with not enough orders," Mr Sandu said.

"We don't want to but we've done a few scenarios and this is the worst case because it's January and January is usually very quiet anyway.

"We are doing our best to save it. With a bit of luck and if things get better, we will succeed."

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