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Greene King which runs The Gatehouse Hungry Horse in King's Lynn and the Henry IV pub in Fakenham announces closures

Pub operator Greene King, which runs The Gatehouse, Hungry Horse, in Lynn and the Henry IV pub in Fakenham, has confirmed it will be closing 79 of its pubs and restaurants.

About a third will be closed permanently with the hope that the others may be able to reopen in the future, it has said.

Greene King has a workforce of 38,000 of which about 800 are now in a consultation process with regards to redundancies.

Green King Brewery. (42609938)
Green King Brewery. (42609938)

Sources close to the company, which has1,700 managed pubs and 1,000 tenanted venues in the UK, said it would try to redeploy affected staff where possible.

The Bury St Edmunds-based brewer will permanently shut 26 sites, although these have not been identified as yet.

A spokeswoman for Greene King said: "The continued tightening of the trading restrictions for pubs, which may last another six months, along with the changes to government support was always going to make it a challenge to reopen some of our pubs.

"Therefore, we have made the difficult decision not to reopen 79 sites, including the 11 Loch Fyne restaurants we announced last week.

"Around one-third will be closed permanently and we hope to be able to reopen the others in the future.

"We are working hard with our teams to try and find them a role in another of our pubs wherever possible."We urgently need the Government to step in and provide tailored support to help the sector get through to the spring and prevent further pub closures and job losses."

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