Nearly a tenth of Papa John’s pizza locations in the UK set to close

Papa Johns, a popular pizza chain in the UK, has decided to close nearly one-tenth of its restaurants due to underperformance. The company conducted a review of its business that began in January and identified several locations that were deemed “no longer financially viable.” This led to the closure of 43 sites across England, ranging from Harrogate, North Yorkshire to St Helens, Merseyside, Billericay, Essex, and Eastbourne, East Sussex.

The closures are part of the company’s strategy to free up money for investment and improve profitability at its remaining UK sites. Papa Johns plans to invest in its remaining locations while expanding further into non-traditional sites like holiday parks. Additionally, the chain has expressed its intention to announce partnerships with other large retailers in the coming months.

Papa Johns UK managing director, Chris Phylactou, emphasized that supporting team members affected by the closures is a top priority for the company. He stated that they aim to work with impacted employees to find redeployment opportunities where available. While the exact number of jobs affected has not been disclosed, Phylactou’s focus remains on assisting affected staff throughout the transition process.

In separate news, Revolution Bars announced that it may consider putting itself up for sale as part of a business review following “external challenges” affecting its performance. The company is exploring various strategic options to improve its future prospects and could involve restructuring certain parts of the business or a potential sale of all or part of the group.

By Samantha Johnson

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