PizzaExpress announces next wave of reopenings

By Georgia Cronin

- Last updated on GMT

PizzaExpress announces next wave of reopenings

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PizzaExpress is set to reopen a further 63 sites next week, taking its total reopen estate to over 300.

The restaurants, opening on 13 August, will all be participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, offering consumers 50% Monday to Wednesday, and free dough balls with every main course for the entire month.

The announcement comes just days after the company revealed it is to undergo a financial and operations restructuring​, which could see the permanent closure of 15% of its estate.

In agreement with its secured creditors and majority shareholder, Hony Capital, the business is set for a recapitalisation and restructuring transaction, intended to strengthen its position and provide funding for future growth.

In the meantime, the new restaurants due to reopen include Ashford, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds and many more.

PizzaExpress managing director Zoe Bowley said: “The initial signs from the restaurants that have already reopened have been very encouraging and we are delighted to be welcoming even more customers back into our restaurants.

“The response to our online booking system, new digital menus and cashless payments has been fantastic, and we continue to encourage everyone to use these services as much as possible as their local restaurant reopens. We are very grateful for the way that our customers have embraced our new procedures.”

“We’re working hard to bring back our freshly handmade pizza to even more locations as soon as we can.”

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