UK Government Reportedly Asks Applegreen To Re-open Food Service Areas

By Donna Ahern
UK Government Reportedly Asks Applegreen To Re-open Food Service Areas

The UK Government has reportedly asked Applegreen's Welcome Break subsidiary to re-open dozens of its food service units during the Covid-19 crisis because the business is deemed an essential service.

The move could see Welcome Break reinstate in region of as 1,000 employees, reports the Irish Independent. 

Welcome Break operates in excess of 300 food service units, including Harry Ramsden, Subway, Burger King, Starbucks and KFC.

Of those, 220 are currently closed, although the Welcome Break stations are open.

'Hard To Say' 


Speaking to the Irish Independent, Joe Barrett, Applegreens, chief operating officer said it's "hard to say" at the moment how many of the Welcome Break food offerings may re-open.

"It's probably about two per location, so in the order of 60 or 70 to re-open," he said.

Applegreen owns 55%of Welcome Break, which operates 24 motorway service stations in the UK, two trunk road service areas and 29 hotels.

Applegreen also has almost 200 forecourts and motorway service areas in the UK under its own brand, 202 outlets in Ireland, and operates almost 200 in the United States.

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