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Subway to close at 5pm today due to coronavirus


SUBWAY has become the latest high street food chain to close stores over coronavirus concerns.

The sandwich shop says that as of 5pm tonight, it’s authorised individual shop owners to close stores.

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 Subway has become the latest high street food chain to close stores due to coronavirus
Subway has become the latest high street food chain to close stores due to coronavirusCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The retailer works on a franchisee model where individuals own and run stores around the UK.

We’ve asked how many stores fall under the brand, as well as how many staff Subway employs and what will happen to them and we’ll update this story as soon as we hear back.

It’s reported to have upwards of 2,000 locations around the UK.

In a statement posted on social media, Subway said: “We wish there was another way.”

 Subway becomes the latest high street food chain to shut shop
Subway becomes the latest high street food chain to shut shop

Which brands are shutting up shop?

HERE is the list of all the retailers that have said they are closing their doors thanks to coronavirus:

  • Boden – closing all stores
  • Burton – closing all stores
  • Calvin Klein – closing all stores
  • Clarks – closing all stores
  • Costa – closing all stores but will try to keep shops in hospitals open
  • Dorothy Perkins – closing all stores
  • Evans – closing all stores
  • Fenwick – closing all stores
  • H&M – closing all stores
  • HMV – closing all stores
  • IKEA – closing all stores
  • John Lewis – closing all stores
  • McDonald’s – closing all stores
  • Miss Selfridge – closing all stores
  • Nando’s – closing all stores
  • Oxfam – closing all stores
  • Patisserie Valerie – closing all stores
  • Starbucks – closing all stores
  • Sweaty Betty – closing all stores
  • Timpson – closing all stores
  • TK Maxx – closing all stores
  • Topshop – closing all stores
  • Wallis – closing all stores
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It added: “We want to do everything in our power to protect our loyal guests, dedicated Franchise Owners and amazing Sandwich Artists.

“So, for that reason, we have authorised all our Franchise Owners to close their stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 5pm today (March 23), until further notice.

“We believe this is the best thing to support social distancing and keep everyone as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

“However, many of our Franchise Owners are continuing to support the nation’s frontline workers in their amazing efforts, by donating food responsibly, over the next few days.

“We’ll be back with you as soon as we can.”

It comes as McDonald’s and Nando’s have closed their doors to the public.

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While Pret a Manger, Starbucks and Costa are also temporarily closing all UK stores due to coronavirus.

Cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants were told to close by the end of the day on Friday (March 20) by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to help tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But these businesses are still allowed to serve takeaways.

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