Bistrot Pierre to close in Sheffield as part of administration deal

French-style bistro chain Bistrot Pierre is permanently closing its only restaurant in Sheffield as part of an administration deal which will see six of its UK locations shut.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 12:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th July 2020, 12:32 pm

The restaurant chain’s Ecclesall Road branch will not be reopening as the business agreed to permanently shut six of its UK restaurants as part of an administration deal which will cause hundreds of job losses.

Nottingham-based Bistrot Pierre have closed its Bath, Cardiff, Harrogate, Leicester and Middlesborough locations alongside its Sheffield branch, while the restaurants 19 other locations will stay open.

Administrators KPMG UK were appointed on 14 July 2020 and confirmed the chain’s closures will cause 123 redundancies.

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The French-style bistro chain will not be reopening its Ecclesall Rd location, as part of an administration deal.

The majority of the French restaurant chain's sites have been saved, after they were bought by new firm, Bistrot Pierre 1994 and safe-guarded 682 jobs.

Bistrot Pierre’s Altrincham, Birmingham, Coventry, Derby and Eastbourne sites are set to reopen as part of the new administration package.

The chain’s Ilkley, Kidderminster, Leamington Spa, Mere Green, Mumbles in Swansea and Newport restaurants have avoided closure closure.

The restaurant’s Nottingham, Plymouth, Preston, Southport, Stockton Heath, Stratford-upon-avon, Torquay and Weston-super-Mare locations were also safeguarded.

Joint administrator Will Wright, said: “COVID-19 and the prolonged lockdown period has presented large swathes of the casual dining sector with significant funding challenges, and Bistrot Pierre has been far from immune.

"Despite exploring all alternative options, including relief schemes like the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, the directors took the difficult decision to file for the appointment of administrators.

“We are pleased to have been able to conclude a transaction which preserves the majority of the business and associated jobs, ensuring the chain’s 25-year presence on local high streets can continue.”

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