Harry Ramsden’s closes founding restaurant

AN ICONIC 83-year-old fish and chip chain has announced it has been forced to close its flagship restaurant due to economic pressures.

Harry Ramsden’s, which opened a Scarborough restaurant in Foreshore Road in July 2008, is closing its eatery in Guiseley, Leeds.

The Leeds restaurant was the first to be opened by the chain in 1928.

Joe Teixeira, Harry Ramsden’s chief executive, said that the “economic reality” is that the branch is making a loss, and added that compulsory redundancies at the restaurant “may become necessary”.

The 24 staff at the Guiseley branch will be offered alternative jobs elsewhere but compulsory redundancies “may become necessary”, he said.

Mr Teixeira said that although the brand was strong nationally, with 35 restaurants around the UK, it was not immune to challenging economic conditions.