Costa Coffee warns up to 1,650 jobs are at risk

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Coffee chain Costa Coffee has said that up to 1,650 roles are at risk of being cut, as it is forced to reduce costs because of the impact of coronavirus.

It says there are still “high levels of uncertainty” as to when trade will regain pre-pandemic levels.

The firm is consulting with staff to try to find roles in other parts of the business for those facing redundancy.

Costa Coffee said the decision to cut jobs was an “extremely difficult” one to make.

“Our baristas are the heart of the Costa business and I am truly sorry that many now face uncertainty following today’s news,” said Neil Lake, managing director for Costa Coffee UK and Ireland.

The company is suggesting the role of assistant store manager will be removed in branches across the UK.