Greene King to shut dozens of pubs

GREENE King, one of Britain’s biggest pub operators, is preparing to close 79 of its pubs and restaurants.

The decision comes after a slump in trade worsened by the government’s 10pm hospitality industry curfew.

The company has not yet revealed which venues will close.

Pubs in the area which form part of the Greene King estate include: the Hunters Hall Inn, in Kingscote; Fromebridge Mill, Whitminister; Rose Tree Farm, Quedgeley; Kings Head, Upton St Leonards; and the Royal George Hotel in Birdlip.

In a statement on Wednesday (October 7), the company, which is one of Britain’s biggest pub chains, said it will keep 79 of its sites shut for the time being, with about one third of these closures expected to be permanent.

Green King has also called on the Government to provide support for the hospitality sector while tightened restrictions, such as the recent 10pm curfew, remain in place.

What have Greene King said?

A spokeswoman for Greene King said: “The continued tightening of the trading restrictions for pubs, which may last another six months, along with the changes to government support was always going to make it a challenge to reopen some of our pubs.

“Therefore, we have made the difficult decision not to reopen 79 sites, including the 11 Loch Fyne restaurants we announced last week.

“Around one-third will be closed permanently and we hope to be able to reopen the others in the future.

“We are working hard with our teams to try and find them a role in another of our pubs wherever possible.

“We urgently need the Government to step in and provide tailored support to help the sector get through to the spring and prevent further pub closures and job losses.”

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