The proprietor of All Bar One and Toby Carvery has mentioned it’ll axe as much as 20 of its pubs and eating places because the hospitality sector battles coronavirus restrictions.
Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has confirmed the transfer which is ready to place scores of jobs in danger after gross sales slumped within the face of short-term web site closures.
It’s understood the corporate is working with advisers at CBRE to dump the string of web sites, which will likely be closed if M&B can not promote them to new house owners.
An M&B spokeswoman mentioned: “As introduced in September, M&B re-opened the overwhelming majority of its property, roughly 95%, after the primary lockdown ended.
“The remaining websites have been beneath assessment on a case-by-case foundation since, taking into consideration elements resembling anticipated footfall and enterprise structure.
“We have now taken the troublesome choice to not reopen a few of these websites and are working with leaseholders on subsequent steps.”
Final month, the group, which additionally runs the Harvester and Miller & Carter chains, began redundancy consultations with employees.
The pub and bar group mentioned it was going through “vital difficulties” after restrictions tightened once more however didn’t disclose what number of jobs could be impacted by the cuts.
Rivals together with Greene King, Younger’s, Fuller’s and Metropolis Pub Group have additionally made redundancies throughout the pandemic.
Shares within the firm moved 4.3% larger to 228.4p in early buying and selling.