Global chicken chain Nando's will be closing nearly two dozen locations across Canada, including four in Metro Vancouver.
The New Westminster location will not be reopening.
In a statement issued May 15, the South African-founded restaurant says they have "experienced a sharp decline in sales during the COVID-19 crisis" in Canada.
In the coming weeks, Nando's Canada will be closing 21 of their corporate-owned locations, shaving their operations to nearly half. The company says those restaurants are locations that "have not been commercially viable for some time, and their losses were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis."
In British Columbia, four locations will close; all of them are located in Metro Vancouver.
Those locations are:
- South Burnaby
- Queensborough (New Westminster)
- Centerview (North Vancouver)
However, 27 locations will remain open nationwide, in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. Of those 27, 13 are corporate-owned, while the remaning 14 are franchise locations.
Some of those locations are currently offering the chain's signature Peri-Peri chicken and sides for pick-up or delivery through third-party carriers. Employees from shuttered locations may be able to retain employment with the company at other Nando's locations.
Nando's Canada notes that each of the 24 countries where Nando's operates runs their company independently, and the Nando's grocery items are also run as a separate entitiy.
In B.C., the following Nando's locations will remain open:
- West Oaks
- Richmond North (Garden City)
- Surrey (Strawberry Hill)
- Park Royal (West Van)
- Walnut Grove
- White Rock (South Surrey)
- Coppersmith (Ironwood)
- Davie & Howe (Downtown)