Fears for Sheffield Burger King as chain could close one in 10 UK restaurants

Burger King has warned it could be forced to close up to one in 10 of its UK restaurants and cut 1,600 jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 8:17 am
Updated Thursday, 9th July 2020, 8:17 am

The fast food giant has only reopened around 370 of its 530 UK outlets so far, with its branch at Sheffield railway station among those remaining shut.

Its chief executive, Alasdair Murdoch, told BBC’s Newscast: “We don't want to lose any (jobs). We try very hard not to, but one's got to assume somewhere between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of the restaurants might not be able to survive.

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Burger King says it may be forced to close up to one in 10 of its UK restaurants

"It's not just us - I think this applies to everyone out there in our industry."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday pledged £30 billion to boost the nation's economic recovery, including plans to subsidise restaurant bills for diners throughout August.

But Mr Murdoch claimed Government schemes do not do enough to compensate restaurants for the financial cost of the pandemic.