Carluccio’s has fallen into administration with 2,000 employees’ jobs at risk across their 71 UK restaurants.
Ireland and the Middle East businesses are unaffected by the collapse, advisory firm FRP to oversee its administration said.
Geoff Rowley, joint administrator and partner at FRP said, “We are operating in unprecedented times and the issues currently facing the hospitality sector following the onset of Covid-19 are well documented.
“In the absence of being able to continue to trade Carluccio’s, in the short term, we are urgently focused on the options available to preserve the future of the business and protect its employees.
“We welcome the latest update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and look forward to working with HMRC to access the support it provides for companies in administration and their employees.
“As this fast-moving situation progresses, we will remain in regular communication with all employees and key stakeholders and will provide a further update in due course.”
The retailer had been struggling and coronavirus tipped the company over the edge. Julie Palmer, from corporate recovery business Begbies Traynor said, “Coronavirus was the final nail in the coffin for BrightHouse.”
Last week a Daily Mail report revealed that all 500 staff were made redundant, with a month’s pay.