Nando’s Canada Closes Several Under-Performing Restaurants amid the COVID-19 Crisis
Mississauga, ON—Like virtually all restaurants across the nation, Nando’s Canada has experienced a sharp decline in sales during the COVID-19 crisis. Lockdowns have been extended across all provinces and the Canadian restaurant sector is now facing the long-term consequences of this unprecedented event.
Regrettably, Nando’s has made the difficult decision to consolidate its Canadian business, to lay a solid foundation for the future. Over the next few weeks, Nando’s Canada will move to permanently close 21 of its corporate owned-and-operated restaurants. These stores have not been commercially viable for some time, and their losses were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.
Despite this consolidation, Nando’s will continue to serve its loyal customers across Canada, running 27 restaurants in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. All 13 corporate owned-and-operated restaurants and 14 franchise locations will remain open for business. Please check the “Find a Nando’s” page on our website for store information near you. During the crisis, we will continue to safely provide delicious PERi-PERi flame-grilled chicken and sides online for pick-up, or delivery through DoorDash, UberEats and SkipTheDishes.
Nando’s operates in 24 countries across the globe, with each market functioning as an independent business entity. The Canadian consolidation is unrelated to Nando’s operations in other markets, or to Nando’s grocery business.
This is a very challenging period for all Canadian businesses, with Restaurants Canada estimating that nearly 1 million foodservice jobs already have been lost nationwide due to COVID-19. Many of these jobs may not return. To minimize disruption, Nando’s is making every effort to shift employees to its remaining corporate locations. Nando’s has carefully reviewed the separation packages that will be provided to affected employees to ensure that, not only are they compliant with all legal requirements, but that they are as generous as possible during this time.
While we do not take any store closing lightly, we must ensure that Nando’s can continue to provide meaningful work and reliable hours for our staff during this crisis and beyond, and to continue to feed the communities we love.
VP – Marketing, Nando’s Canada