Pret A Manger have announced on Thursday that they are to cut 2,800 roles from the sandwich and coffee chain as people are avoiding town centres.
Sales are at their lowest levels in 10-years, and this announcement comes as PRet to are to permanently close 30 stores across the UK.
CEO Pano Christou said, “I’m gutted that we’ve had to lose so many colleagues.
“Although we’re now starting to see a steady but slow recovery, the pandemic has taken away almost a decade of growth at Pret.
“We’ve managed to protect many jobs by making changes to the way we run our shops and the hours we ask team members to work.
“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to review all these changes now that trade is improving again, and I’m encouraged by the improvements we’re seeing every week.”