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Nine cafes shut and 250 jobs axed as Le Pain Quotidien enters administration

However, the site at London’s St Pancras railway station run by sister company SPQ Holdings Limited will continue to operate.

Bakery and coffee chain Le Pain Quotidien has closed all but one of its UK sites with the loss of 250 jobs after falling into administration.

BrunchCo UK, the company trading as the high street chain, has confirmed it hired administrators from Kroll.

Eight cafes in London and one in Oxford have shut as a result of the insolvency.

However, the Le Pain Quotidien site at London’s St Pancras railway station run by sister company SPQ Holdings Limited will continue to operate.

Administrators revealed that the chain was hit hard by lower London footfall following the pandemic as well higher costs to run the business.

Sarah Rayment, global co-head of restructuring at Kroll, said: “Pressures on parts of the hospitality and casual dining sector have been well highlighted.

“Brunchco UK Limited, which is predominantly located in London, has suffered from reduced revenues as a result of decreased footfall in the capital, high rents and increased wage costs.

“As part of the next steps of the insolvency, we will be looking to realise value from the company’s leasehold interests and other assets.”

It comes around three years after the cafe chain previously entered administration, with 11 sites shutting and 200 jobs lost as part of a rescue deal following the heavy toll of the initial Covid-19 pandemic.

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