Caffè Nero has announced that it will close all of its stores in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, although its online business will remain open and delivery and takeaway services may be introduced. The chain currently runs 900 outlets across nine countries, all of which will close tomorrow evening until further notice.
Founder and group CEO Gerry Ford said: “We have, over the last 22 years, dedicated ourselves to serve our local communities, but in the face of this unprecedented challenge, it is our belief that we have to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our baristas, customers and communities, and as such we must close our doors.
“Customers can, of course, still buy our coffee online to make at home and we will review our delivery and takeaway service when possible. We very much look forward to welcoming back our loyal customers when it is safe to do so.”
Launched in 1997, Caffè Nero is the largest independent coffee house group in Europe.