Pizza Express has confirmed it is closing 73 branches across the country - including two in Kent.
The Italian restaurant giant is taking drastic action to help improve its performance during "difficult market conditions caused by the Covid-19 crisis and the effect of lockdown measures upon its restaurants".
But following the huge disruption the pandemic caused to the UK's casual dining sector, the firm has now announced the closure of 73 restaurants, which will affect 1,100 members of staff.
But Pizza Express' other Kent restaurants including those in Canterbury, Ashford, Tunbridge Wells and Rochester are set to remain open.
It's branch in Maidstone has already been closed due to "unsustainable" refurbishment costs in a decision the chain said was unrelated to the wider restructure.
The closures are being made as part of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) the firm has launched, which aims to improve its performance.
Zoe Bowley, managing director of Pizza Express UK and Ireland, said: "Unfortunately, the impact of the global pandemic has meant that we have had to make some incredibly tough decisions to safeguard PizzaExpress for the long term.
"We have confirmed that 73 of our pizzerias are proposed to close permanently.
"In most cases, there is another Pizza Express nearby, either already open or reopening soon, to welcome our customers.
"Our focus is on our people whose jobs are impacted and we will be doing everything we can either to redeploy them or to support them in finding roles elsewhere.
"Hard as this process is, it will protect the jobs of over 9,000 of our colleagues and provide a strong footing for Pizza Express to meet future challenges and opportunities.”
The full list of Pizza Express branches set to close:
Aberdeen - Belmont St
Barnstaple - Three Tuns
Birmingham - Corporation St
Birmingham - Mailbox
Bournemouth - Post Office Rd
Bristol - Berkeley Sq
Bristol - Regent St
Dudley - Merry Hill
Earls Court - Earls Ct Rd
Edinburgh - Holyrood
Fulham Palace Road
Glasgow – Princes Square
Ipswich - Lloyds Ave
Leeds - Crown St
Leeds - Horsforth
Milton Keynes - Hub
Newport - Isle of Wight
Newport - South Wales
Nottingham - Goosegate
Oxford - Oxford Castle
Reading - St Mary's Butts
Sheffield - Devonshire St
Sheffield The Moor
Southport - Old Bank
Founded by Peter Boizot in Soho in 1965, Pizza Express now has more than 600 restaurants globally, including 454 pizzerias in the UK.