Prezzo bosses make decision on future of Northampton branch

Prezzo in Wood Hill, Northampton is set to stay open as part of the company restructure.
Prezzo in Wood Hill, Northampton is set to stay open as part of the company restructure.

Prezzo has finally revealed the future of its branch in Northampton after the company hit financial difficulties.

The Italian restaurant chain is set to enter a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA), which will see the closure of 94 restaurants across the chain’s brand.

Under the branch in Wood Hill, Northampton is listed as a category 1 lease.

This means Prezzo is planning on keeping it open, as it is profitable at the current level of rent.

Sites that are planned for closure are listed as Category 4 leases - including Chimichanga next to Kettering’s Prezzo.

The Mexican chain is a subsidiary brand of Prezzo but is closing as it is not viable, even with a rent reduction.

The Chimichanga lease could be terminated within eight weeks of the CVA being agreed later this month.

A Prezzo spokesman said: “The proposal allows Prezzo to rationalise its estate and to reduce the cost of its leased restaurants.

“This will allow the company to focus its resources on the core, more profitable restaurants whilst continuing to meet its obligations to suppliers and creditors.

“Prezzo will be better placed to implement the changes required to refresh the Prezzo brand and to counter the economic challenges currently affecting the casual dining sector.

“If approved by the creditors, the CVA proposal will substantially reduce Prezzo’s rental obligations and will move the business towards a more robust business model.

“Where restaurants are closed, we will do everything possible to redeploy staff to other sites.” Northampton, Peterborough and Rugby’s Prezzo will also be staying open. But the Prezzo in Stamford is one earmarked for closure."