The BBC has reported that Pizza Express has hired financial advisers ahead of a meeting to review its debt.
Large debts are becoming a recurring theme for the failure of retail and food outlets on the high street. Following the fall of Thomas Cook could this be the next chain to disappear?
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The 470-store chain made losses for the last two years as its operating profits were more than offset by high interest payments on its £1.1bn debt pile. Most off-putting of all, of course, is the enormous debt number. The interest on that £1.1bn is costing the company £93m a year, which wiped out all its operating profit last year - and then some. In fact, the debt payments have pushed Pizza Express into the red for the last two years with a loss of £55m last year alone.