Little Chef hits the hard shoulder
Thursday 12 January 2012
Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 outlets in a move expected to lead to between 500 and 600 job cuts.
The sites earmarked for closure have been trading unprofitably for a number of years, the company said.
The motorway restaurant group blamed the weak economy and the location of the branches for their poor performance.
The job losses will be a mixture of full and part-time positions. About 1,500 staff will remain.
Little Chef was saved by turnaround group RCapital when it fell into administration in 2007. The following year several branches were revamped by Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal as part of a Channel 4 show. In a statement, the firm said the decision to close a number of its sites was not taken lightly, but was "essential" to allow the company to develop its remaining sites.
The company has had to respond to competition from supermarkets and coffee chains at service stations.
But unions have criticised its current owners for failing to protect jobs.
"This is dreadful news for the employees in these restaurants due for closure," said GMB senior officer Paul Maloney.
Life & Style blogs
Melanoma rates in the UK are up five times on the 1970s
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
How dementia is changing me: My battle with an ever-shifting identity
The 10 Best kitchen knives
It’s a pizza! And a cake!! What’s not to like? (The calories)
- 1 Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offers 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
iJobs Food & Drink
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: There are many small development projects in ...
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Kaya Responsible Travel offer a variety of sp...
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Volunteer with Kaya in Borneo and work on a p...
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: If you have a passion for elephants and want ...