Pret a Manager has announced it is axing 2,800 jobs in it’s coffee shops due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The chain, which asked staff to cut their hours a fortnight ago, announced plans to close 30 stores last month, after its sales dived by 74%.

Chief executive officer Pano Christou said: ‘I’m gutted that we’ve had to lose so many colleagues.

‘Although we’re now starting to see a steady but slow recovery, the pandemic has taken away almost a decade of growth at Pret.

‘We’ve managed to protect many jobs by making changes to the way we run our shops and the hours we ask team members to work.

‘I’m hopeful we’ll be able to review all these changes now that trade is improving again, and I’m encouraged by the improvements we’re seeing every week.

‘We’ll soon be announcing a number of big changes to help bring Pret to more people.

‘We’re grateful to the Government for the support they’ve given our sector, and hope that support will continue as long as possible to give Pret time to adjust.’



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