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JAMIE OLIVER’S restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian crashed today, putting as many as 1,300 jobs at risk.
The 23 Jamie’s Italian outlets, as well as the TV chef’s other restaurants Fifteen and Barbecoa, went into the administration of KPMG – a professional service company.
Mr Oliver said he was “deeply saddened” by the outcome.
Branches in Manchester, London Victoria, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Nottingham were all shut immediately.
Sales at the restaurants fell nearly 11 per cent last year to £101 million as 12 restaurants were closed and some 600 staff made redundant.
The chain was then saved from bankruptcy after Mr Oliver made a last-minute near £13m cash injection and a £37m loan was taken out.
Labour’s shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey called the news “devastating” for workers and their families who must now be “offered robust support to help them through this challenging time.”
She added: “Competition on the high street should never be underestimated but it is also clear that the crisis our high streets and town centres are facing cannot have helped matters.”
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