A “large number” of Frankie & Benny’s outlets will remain closed after lockdown, it has been reported.
In an alleged email seen by the BBC, the owner of Frankie & Benny’s has told its staff that many sites are “no longer viable to trade and will remain closed permanently.”
The email adds: “The Covid-19 crisis has significantly impacted our ability to trade profitably, so we’ve taken the tough decision to close these restaurants now.”
It is not clear how many sites will be affected, but the BBC says the message was sent to managers in the group’s Leisure Division, which consists of more than 200 outlets across the UK.
The group appears to be speeding up previous plans to shut restaurants as The Restaurant Group continues to suffer due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the BBC, those currently working at sites due to stay closed were told: “Unfortunately, unless there are any suitable alternative roles identified, it’s likely your role will be made redundant.”
There are seven Frankie & Benny’s restaurants in Greater Manchester and TRG currently has around 22,000 staff from all of its chains on furlough.
The Group also announced in March that 75% of its popular Mexican chain, Chiquito’s, would not reopen after lockdown ends as it had fell into administration.
The BBC says TRG declined to comment on the report.