Prezzo set to close 100 restaurants in major restructuring

PUBLISHED: 09:22 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 01 March 2018

Prezzo has a restaurant in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City.
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Prezzo has a restaurant in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View

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Casual dining chain Prezzo – which has restaurants in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield – plans to close up to a third of its 300 locations across Britain.

The Italian-themed chain, owned by private equity firm TPG Capital, is set to launch a company voluntary arrangement within days in an attempt to overhaul its finances.

There are Prezzo restaurants in Howardsgate in Welwyn Garden City and in the Galleria in Hatfield.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times has contacted Prezzo to ask whether these locations will be affected, but has yet to receive a response.

Hundreds of positions are at risk at about 100 Prezzo-owned outlets, though an insider told Sky News the number of lost jobs was expected to be far below a third of the full 4,500-person workforce.

Prezzo has been run by former Travelodge executive Jon Hendry Pickup since 2016.

The CVA will be overseen by advisory firm AlixPartner, and is likely to involve negotiations with landlords to try to reduce rents at many of the restaurants that remain.

The bleak news comes as a third blow to the high street on a day when both Toys R Us UK and Maplin went into administation.

Other casual dining chains to go through a CVA in recent months include Jamie’s Italian – part of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant business – and Byron Hamburgers.

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