Jamie Oliver to Close 6 Restaurants

jamie130412-2695Jamie Oliver is to close six Jamie’s Italian restaurants following tough trading since the Brexit vote, according to news reports.

Simon Blagden, chief executive of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, told The Times: “This is a tough market and post-Brexit the pressures and unknowns have made it even harder.” He said the closures had been forced on the group by a combination of increased ingredient costs, lower footfall and training costs.

He also added that overall the business was “in very good shape”.

The closures in Aberdeen, Exeter, Cheltenham, Richmond, Tunbridge Wells and Ludgate Hill, near St Paul’s Cathedral will affect 120 employees. Oliver said that he hoped to find workers alternative jobs.