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Prezzo Crawley saved from closure

Among the 94 restaurants closing, all 33 Chimichanga outlets are shutting down including the one in Crawley High Street.



With the national news that TexMex chain Chimichanga is closing all of its 33 outlets, there has been confusing messages giving the impression that Prezzo in Crawley is closing.

After speaking to Prezzo’s Head Office and Crawley restaurant’s manager, CN24 is pleased to announced that the Crawley’s Prezzo has been saved from the list of closures.

Prezzo is closing 94 restaurants, about a third of its outlets, in an attempt to rescue the business. Part of these closures mean that all of its 33 Chimichanga outlets including the one located on Crawley High Street will be shut down.

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The closures aim to repair Prezzo’s financial position and allow it to continue trading as it enters a restructuring arrangement know as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

The move could result in around 1,000 job losses. Prezzo however, has said it will try to find staff new roles within the business.

Prezzo was bought by TPG in 2014 for just over £300m.

Haywards Heath’s Prezzo in The Broadway is amongst those closing but Horsham’s restaurant in Carfax will remain open.

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Alison’s new look after charity shave

After having her head shaved on Sunday (10 June), one Crawley woman is sporting a fresh look.



A woman from Crawley has a new look after she donated all of her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Alison Slade has raised just under £2,500. The money she raised will go to The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre.

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The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a local cancer support centre located by Crawley Hospital. They are the only centre in the area, serve Sussex and Surrey and are entirely run by volunteers. They offer counselling, complimentary therapies, support, advice and act as a key point of contact for cancer patients, their families, carers and children.

Alison decided to raise the money for the Crawley based support centre after her husband Graham was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2015.

Alison was required to have her hair washed 24 hours before the cut

Alison said:

“Our world changed.

“There’s nothing worse than watching someone you love suffering and not being able to do anything about it.

“These people kept me sane and supported me. I could turn up hating the world or be on my knees ready to give up. These people never judged me, patronized me or rolled their eyes. Always a warm welcome, the obligatory kettle went on and I’d leave feeling stronger.”

Alison’s ponytails – ready to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Now, with a fresh look, Alison says:

“My head shave had a slight twist at the end. After the initial shave I went shaving foam and razor bald.”

Alison, sporting the Olive Tree logo, mid-cut

“I’m just overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone.

“Hardest thing is how strangers perceive me. A small child in a shop made the queue aware that I was bald. To which the mum replied ‘shhhh she’s a poorly lady’. Obviously I put her right.” 

Alison had her hair cut at Rock Paper Scissors in Ifield Green on Sunday (10 June) by Paul Newell, the co-owner.

You can still show Alison your support and donate via her JustGiving page.

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