Jamie's Italian to close in Cheltenham

Jamie Oliver's Italian chain is to shut its Cheltenham branch, as part of the closure of six of its restaurants across the country.

Cheltenham eatery, Jamie’s Italian, is to shut its doors as part of a wave of closures for the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group.

The Cheltenham outpost is one of six branches due to close following an announcement from the restaurant group, which said they could be sold in the first quarter of 2017.

Simon Blagden, CEO of the restaurant group explains: ‘As every restaurant owner knows, this is a tough market and post-Brexit, the pressures and unknowns have made it even harder.

‘While our overall business is in very good shape – we finished last year with like for like sales growth and an increase in covers – because we refuse to compromise on the quality and provenance of our ingredients and our commitment to training and developing our staff, we need restaurants that can serve an average of 3,000 covers every week to be sustainable.’

The company said its first priority is to secure those affected with alternative jobs within other Jamie’s Italian restaurants, and where this isn’t possible, they will work with staff to find alternative employment.

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Friday 06 January 2017

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