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Jobs in Dundee and Fife at risk as food chain plans restaurant closures

A Pizza Hut restaurant.
A Pizza Hut restaurant.

A restaurant chain with branches in Dundee and Dunfermline has revealed plans to close sites, putting jobs at risk.

Pizza Hut plans to shut 29 of its 244 UK restaurants, in a restructuring move that will put about 450 jobs at risk.

It said it is negotiating a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal after it faced “significant disruption” from the pandemic.

There are Pizza Hut restaurants at Kingsway West Retail Park in Dundee and Fife Leisure Scheme in Dunfermline.

Pizza Hut at Kingsway West Retail Park in Dundee.

The move will not affect operations or jobs at Pizza Hut takeaway sites.

A list of the sites the firm is planning to close has not been made available.

The Pizza Hut Restaurants group said it has put forward the proposals as “sales are not expected to fully bounce back until well into 2021” despite a quick and safe reopening of sites.

A spokeswoman said: “We are committed to doing the right thing and, in order to secure as many jobs as possible and continue serving our communities, we are working to reach an agreement with our creditors.

“We understand this is a difficult time for everyone involved.

“We appreciate the support of our business partners and are doing everything we can to help our team members during this process, including speaking with those affected by the consultation.”

The announcement follows Pizza Express has been given the green light to permanently shut 73 restaurants, putting 1,100 jobs at risk.

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