Car­luc­cio’s to close a third of its restau­rants

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One in three Car­luc­cio’s restau­rants could be closed as it be­comes the lat­est food chain to face fi­nan­cial strains.

Some 34 of its 103 sites could be forced to shut – risk­ing around 500 jobs – un­less the restau­rants can se­cure deals with land­lords to get rent re­duc­tions.

The chain started out as an Ital­ian food shop which TV chef An­to­nio Car­luc­cio, who died last year, opened with his wife.

The first Car­luc­cio’s cafe was opened in Lon­don in 1999, be­fore ex­pand­ing across the UK.

But fierce com­pe­ti­tion and a ‘ per­fect storm’ of rising staffing costs, busi­ness rates and rents have seen Car­luc­cio’s fall into trou­ble.

Dis­cussing the po­ten­tial clo­sures, chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Jones said: ‘ Re­gret­tably, this is the only course of ac­tion avail­able and if ap­proved, will safe­guard the fu­ture of the group, pro­tect­ing this strong core busi­ness.’

It is not known which restau­rants face clo­sure but sites in new­cas­tle, Glouces­ter, nor­wich and Lon­don are un­der­stood to be at risk. Car­luc­cio’s said it will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to avoid job losses and re­de­ploy staff where it can.

It fol­lows a raft of clo­sures among other restau­rant chains. Prezzo is in the process of clos­ing a third of its 300 restau­rants, and 12 of 37 Jamie’s Ital­ian restau­rants have shut. By­ron is ex­pected to axe 20 of its stores and pasta restau­rant Strada has al­ready called time on 11 of its out­lets.

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