Restaurant chain Pizza Express has announced plans to close its restaurant in The Hub, Milton Keynes, as the business attempts downsize to survive the tough conditions created by coronavirus. Across the UK, the chain plans to shut 73 of its restaurants, meaning a potential loss of 1,100 jobs.
Why are Pizza Express closing restaurants across the UK?
It would be too simplistic to blame coronavirus. The chain said that although the majority of its restaurants were profitable before the lockdown was imposed, income had been declining across the Pizza Express estate for the last three years. Competition before coronavirus had been fierce and our dining habits have changed, thanks in part to Uber Eats and other delivery services.
Pizza Express added that the loss of revenue caused by the enforced closure of all restaurants, the cost of reopening and the UK’s uncertain economic future meant some restaurants were no longer sustainable.
What does Pizza Express closure mean for The Hub Milton Keynes?
Not much. The Hub has a great mixture of restaurants and if you are desperate for Pizza, Italian restaurant Zizzi offer a wide range of Italian classics. Zizzi Restaurant has also announced the closure of some stores however, there is no confirmation that Zizzi in the The Hub is on that list.
The Hub offers a diverse range of places to eat from Oscar’s Restaurant & Bar who offer exquisite locally-sourced meals to grab-and-go Subway. Pizza Express sits somewhere in between these two offerings and struggled to offer its own unique dining experience. Compared to the likes of Blossom Room & Turtle Bay which are all within a few steps, Pizza Express just doesn’t stand out in The Hub’s offering.
Whilst job losses are always a bad thing, the closure of Pizza Express will not be felt by diners in Milton Keynes. The Hub is home to a number of restaurants and bars offering their own unique dining experiences. From Turtle Bay’s Caribbean-inspired menu to Blossom Room’s nightclub-infused atmosphere, The Hub has plenty to offer everyone. There are also the more traditional Jury’s Inn, Browns and Be At One.
Many of these restaurants are participating in the government-led Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme launched on 3 August and gives diners the opportunity to enjoy 50 per cent off their meals at participating restaurants.
The scheme was created as a bid to encourage the public to support the hospitality industry by going out to eat at local restaurants.
- 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per person.
- It’s valid for eating in only and you can only use it on food and/or non-alcoholic drinks.
- The discount is available all day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3rd – 31st August 2020.
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is available at the following Hub restaurants:
Banana Tree – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 12pm – 11pm.
Browns Brasserie & Bar – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 9am – 11pm.
Blossom Room – The Hub
Offer available Tuesday and Wednesdays. Open for food 4pm – 9pm.
Bogota – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesday. Open Monday to Wednesday 9am – 3pm
DeRoka – The Hub
Offer available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Open daily, 12pm – 11:30pm.
Maaya – The Hub
Offer available Tuesday and Wednesdays. Open for food 4pm – 10pm.
Slug & Lettuce – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 12pm – 10pm.
Turtle Bay – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 10pm – 11:30pm.