Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Posted on News Mar 2012 - by Tandoori Editor
Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Roadside restaurant chain Little Chef blames tough economic conditions and demographic changes for the closure of 67 of its outlets.

The chain, which has been a familiar sight on Britain’s roads for the last half century, is to reduce its portfolio to less than 100 sites with the loss of some 600 jobs. Little Chef said that the remaining profitable restaurants, which employ 1,500 people, will receive reinvestment.

Chairman Graham Sims said the closures, “Will enable me to focus on remaining sites and invest that capital in the restaurant and takeaway services to meet customer needs.”

“We do suffer from some changes in local roads along with social-demographic activity where they have changed housing, and the overall economic situation is not helping.”

The first Little Chef opened in 1958, the year the UK’s first motorway was opened. The chain, which had more than 400 sites in the 1990s, struggled with the expansion of McDonald’s and Marks & Spencer’s Simply Food in roadside locations.

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