Carluccio's goes into administration
The pressure applied by the Coronavirus pandemic was the final straw for restaurant chain.
Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's went into administration on Monday, the Guardian reports. It is being deemed one of the first major business casualties of the lockdown that has now been in place for over a week.
Geoff Rowley, the appointed administrator of Carluccio’s, said he was hoping to mothball the business under the government scheme which would provide 80% of wages to its 2,000 employees, but once this came to an end it is of course going to leave thousands jobless.
The chain’s 73 branches are already closed as a result of the government’s lockdown, but there are still hopes to find a buyer for all or parts of the business. It seems the restaurant's coronavirus adaptations didn't pay off. The company was selling sauces, pasta, rice and desserts online, but this was not enough to keep things afloat.
This closure is undoubtedly a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, but it is unsurprising to see another mid-range restaurant chain folding. Jamie's Italian closed nationwide last year, and only a month ago the group that owned Frankie and Benny's, Chiquito, Brunning & Price, Garfunkel’s and Wagamamas announced that 90 restaurants were being closed down.
Whilst the virus has killed Carluccio's, it seems that this has been an acceleration of an already imminent fate. It was already rolling out a variety of damage limitation techniques before the virus had become a factor. Either way, it's a shame to see