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Covid crisis leads major burger chain to close 26 sites

Poultry tycoon Ranjit Boparan will take over the brand in a deal which will see about two-fifths of its restaurants close. Gourmet Burger Kitchen is to close 26 restaurants and axe 362 jobs as part of a pre-pack deal that will save the bulk of the chain’s workforce. The deal, confirming a story first reported by Sky News, will see poultry tycoon Ranjit Boparan take control of the chain. Deloitte, which is handling the administration process, said the sale would secure 35 sites and 669 jobs. ‘There’s been a murder’ of…

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Burger chain serves up restaurant closures in Coronavirus ‘pre-pack deal’

The fast-food giant is examining options that could result in the closure of a small number of UK sites, Sky News learns. Burger King, the fast-food giant, is preparing to close a number of its UK restaurants as part of a restructuring process triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Sky News has learnt that Burger King’s British operations have drafted in advisers from AlixPartners to review options for one of its subsidiary companies, which directly owns approximately 25 of the chain’s outlets. Sources said the company was examining a company voluntary…

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Coronavirus: food chain to close more than a third of restaurants

The chain will “try and save jobs” wherever possible after deciding rental costs make some city centre sites “untenable”. Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca has become the latest food business to suffer due to the coronavirus pandemic, with more than a third of its outlets in the UK closing. In an email to staff, the chain’s founders said they will “try and save jobs” wherever possible as 10 of the firm’s 28 sites will shut. The group, which was founded by former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, said on Wednesday…

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