Little Chef to close its underperforming diners

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LITTLE Chef has announced that 67 of its 161 restaurants are to close.

It is not yet known whether one of those affected will be the site on the A27 at Emsworth.

The chain says those which are closing have been unprofitable for a number of years, and between 500 and 600 jobs are set to be lost.

Graham Sims, Little Chef chairman, said: ‘When we acquired Little Chef four years ago we inherited a number of sites with leases that were uncompetitive.

‘Despite very hard work from some very committed colleagues we have been unable to lift the performances of these sites to a level where they are viable.

‘Consequently, following a thorough review in which we considered all the options it is with regret that we have had to close a number of sites.

‘This means some people’s jobs are at risk throughout the organisation.

‘We will do everything in our power to help every individual find alternative employment within the Little Chef organisation. I know this will be tough and an uncertain time for many people in our team.’