A pizza chain that operates in Tayside and Fife could close as many of one in five of its restaurants, according to reports.
According to Sky News, Pizza Express is planning to close ‘around 75’ of its 470 UK outlets.
The chain operates from South Methven Street in Perth and South Street in St Andrews. Both branches are currently closed.
The final number of proposed closures had yet to be arrived at, according to the report, and would depend partly on the progress of formal talks with landlords, which are expected to get underway as soon as next week.
One source said the number could be marginally higher or lower than 75 but said it was unlikely to represent more than 20% of Pizza Express’s UK business by number of outlets.
A Pizza Express spokesperson said: “Pizza Express has made no announcement and is not commenting.”
The development follows several closures of restaurants in Tayside and Fife.
Bella Italia said its premises at Fife Leisure Park in Dunfermline will not reopen.
Frankie and Benny’s has also closed branches in Perth and Kirkcaldy.