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Pret a Manger job cuts feared after leaked video reveals sales

Fears are mounting over job cuts at Pret a Manger after a leaked video revealed dire sales in lockdown. 

Staff at the sandwich chain are braced for an announcement on the ‘jobs situation’ on July 8 after an online meeting involving boss Pano Christou.

He said Pret’s global weekly sales had fallen to £3m, around 85 per cent less that what they would normally be, as city centre locations are starved of commuters and tourists. 

Worries: Staff at the sandwich chain are braced for an announcement on the 'jobs situation' on July 8

Worries: Staff at the sandwich chain are braced for an announcement on the 'jobs situation' on July 8

Worries: Staff at the sandwich chain are braced for an announcement on the ‘jobs situation’ on July 8

Its cafes need around 60 per cent of normal sales to break even, which it hopes to hit in September. But many office workers are not expecting to return to work until at least the autumn, with some companies saying they will not reopen offices until 2021. 

In the leaked conversation Panou said: ‘What will be the case is, on the July 8, we’ll be doing a broader communication to the teams.’ 

In response to the leak, a Pret spokesman said yesterday: ‘We will make sure that Pret’s team members are the first to hear about any changes. 

‘We will update our team members in early July once the plan has been finalised.’

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