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Bury St Edmunds Pizza Hut to close

The Bury St Edmunds branch of Pizza Hut has been earmarked for closure.

The branch, in Cornhill, is among 29 restaurants Pizza Hut says it will shut for good as part of a major restructuring with the loss of about 450 jobs.

The restaurant chain said it has put forward the proposals as 'sales are not expected to fully bounce back until well into 2021' despite a quick and safe reopening of sites.

Pizza Hut, in Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Chris Morris
Pizza Hut, in Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Chris Morris

A spokeswoman for the chain 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.”

Pizza Hut was forced to renegotiate its rents through the CVA restructuring deal after revealing it faced 'significant disruption' from the pandemic.

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.

Other Pizza Hut branches set to close include Cambridge, Regent Street.

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