The main street in Britain has been hit by another economic fallout from the Corona virus, with the loss of a thousand jobs in stores and the closure of more stores.
Pret A Manger is set to close six more stores and cut off nearly 400 more employees in the face of the pandemic outbreak.
Recent changes to the coffee and sandwich chain have hindered its recovery Covid-19 Mentoring and growing case numbers.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh Woolen Mill (EWM), which also owns Peacocks and Jaeger, has confirmed that 600 jobs will be terminated and 50 stores will be closed.
The group, which employs 24,000 people, last week Provide notice to assign admins He warned of “significant cuts and closures.”
The affected shops are mainly Peacocks and Edinburgh Woolen Mill branches and layoffs, most of them store workers.
An EWM spokesperson said: “Throughout all of this, we have to make difficult decisions and take urgent action to try to secure the future of our business wherever possible.”
Brett said it had seen “steady sales growth” in the four months since the outlets reopened, but that this had “slowed since the end of September”.
Brett said the recent “setback” in circulation was partly driven by difficult conditions in the capital, after workers were advised last month to work from home wherever possible.
The locations of the affected stores have not been announced, but it is understood that they are all located in the capital.
It currently has 389 stores in the UK, including 266 stores in London.
Claire Clough, managing director of Brit UK, said: “It is absolutely right that we take steps to stop the spread of the virus and respond to the new wave of infection.
“Unfortunately, the result of the rise in infections and the necessary shift in public health guidelines mean that our recovery has slowed.
“We have said all the time that it is up to Brett to decide our future and that we have to adapt to the new situation in which we find ourselves.
“That’s why we have to make these additional changes as we continue to change our business model and prepare for the next six months.
“We are doing our best to support our team members and prevent further job losses at Brit.”
The group has sought to diversify its operations in recent months in an effort to change its fortunes, including a monthly subscription service for customers.
Earlier this week, Pret announced its first service station site in partnership with Moto, and is set to open in December.