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Business briefing: Nando’s, Costa, Subway, Greggs and KFC in shut-down

Last food: Drivers queue outside McDonald’s in Longbridge, Birmingham PICTURE: SWNS

NANDO’S, Costa Coffee, Subway, Greggs and KFC became the latest food and drink chains to close all of their outlets in the UK yesterday.

The announcements came as queues formed at McDonald’s after the fast-food giant, which employs 135,000 people, announced all its restaurants would shut by 7pm.

Nando’s said in a statement that its 420 stores will be closed ‘until further notice’, with takeaway and delivery services also suspended.

The company, which has around 18,000 employees, said it will be ‘making sure that everybody affected is supported during the coming weeks’. Greggs, which had remained opened for takeaways, closed its 2,050 outlets last night.

Costa Coffee announced that it would close most of its 2,700 cafes by 5pm. Only those in hospitals and some service stations will remain open. The chain said more than 16,000 members of staff will be paid their full average weekly pay over the coming eight weeks.

Subway tweeted that it was closing all of its stores by 5pm.

Bosses said: ‘We believe this is the best thing to support social distancing and keep everyone as healthy as possible for as long as possible.’

KFC will be shutting today.

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