Travelodge and Papa John's Pizza in the Ribble Buildings on Lord Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Papa Johns in Southport town centre is due to close. 

The pizza outlet, at the front of the Ribble building on Lord Street, is among 43 restaurants being closed by the chain. 

Papa Johns has revealed that it is shutting a tenth of its UK restaurants – all of which it says are “underperforming”.

The closures follow a review of the business which began in January and identified locations which were “no longer financially viable”.

Papa Johns, which has 450 restaurants plus others in service stations and holiday parks, has not said how many jobs will be affected.

Papa Johns UK managing director Chris Phylactou said: “Our priority is our team members, who will be fully supported throughout this process.

“Our goal is to work with impacted team members and attempt to find redeployment opportunities where available.”

The closures are all in England and extend from Harrogate, North Yorkshire to St Helens, Merseyside, Billericay, Essex and Eastbourne, East Sussex.

All of them were “underperforming locations that are no longer financially viable”, the company said.

The group had previously said it planned “strategic closures” in order to free up money for investment and improving profitability at its remaining UK sites.

The company intends to use the money to invest in its remaining UK sites. It plans to expand further into non-traditional sites like holiday parks and the chain said it would “announce other large retail partners in the coming months”.

The following Pap Johns restaurants are set to close:

-Barnsley, South Yorkshire-Bebington, Merseyside-Bexhill, East Sussex-Billericay, Essex-Bromley, Greater London-Coulsdon, Greater London-Cricklewood, Greater London-Darlington, County Durham-Doncaster, South Yorkshire-Durham, County Durham-East Dulwich, Greater London-East Grinstead, West Sussex-Eastbourne, East Sussex-Hailsham, East Sussex-Harringay, Greater London-Harrogate, North Yorkshire-Hendon, Greater London-Horsham, West Sussex-Lancaster, Lancashire-Leeds Meanwood, West Yorkshire-Liverpool West Derby Road, Merseyside-Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire-Mottingham, Greater London-Northwood Hills, Greater London-Peacehaven, East Sussex-Peckham, Greater London-Penge, Greater London-Putney, Greater London-Redhill, Surrey-Rochdale, Greater Manchester-Rotherham, South Yorkshire-Ruislip, Greater London-Runcorn, Cheshire-Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire-Sittingbourne, Kent-Southport, Merseyside-St Helens, Merseyside-Stoke Newington, Greater London-Tunbridge Wells, Kent-Upminster, Greater London-Watford St Albans Road, Hertfordshire-Whitton, Greater London-Wimbledon, Greater London

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