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Prezzo reopens today in Crawley as chain begins reopening restaurants

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Fans of Prezzo in Crawley will be excited to hear that the restaurant is opening today, 9th July.

To celebrate their doors being open again, diners will be able to enjoy some new additions to the menu; a new calamari recipe, fournew pizzas (including veggie and vegan options), a new chicken burger, plus new cocktails and coolers!

And……after performing well in their test restaurants at the start of this year, they’re also introducing their Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese (also available with gluten free pasta).

There are savings to be had as well with the Summer Set Menu. Costing just £15 for two courses, and £19 for three courses.

Initially the chain is only opening 35 of their 180 restaurants of which Crawley is one of the first and they say they are bringing in new initiatives to make sure customers are safe including:

·      All menus will now be disposable to ensure no contamination

·       Digital ordering from a smartphone or tablet using the QR code displayed on each table (customers can still order with of their team if they’d prefer)

·       Standard social distancing markers, hand sanitiser units, and posters with Public Health England advice throughout the restaurants

·      The restaurants are now cashless. Customers can settle their bill using Apple Pay or Android Pay, contactless or Chip and PIN

“We can’t wait to welcome back our much-missed customers to our Crawley restaurant.” said Karen Jones, Executive Chair. 

“Our sole focus is to blend safe and healthy working practices with proper hospitality to give our people confidence and our customers a wonderful, enjoyable return to Prezzo.  Roll on 9th July!”

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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