PizzaExpress in Maidstone is to not re-open due “cost of renovation” and “lease expiring”.

The popular restaurant on Earl Street was also home to PizzaExpress Live, one of only five music rooms operated by the chain. PizzaExpress founder, Peter Boizot, opened the Maidstone Music Room in 1989 and has seen the likes of award-winning artists from Jamie Cullum, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Scouting for Girls.

A spokes person for PizzaExpress told Maidstone Radio “Unfortunately the condition of the building has deteriorated in recent years, creating unsustainable repair and refurbishment costs. With our lease expiring too, sadly it’s time to leave.”

“We’ve had some magical times in Maidstone and are sorry to say goodbye to you and to this chapter in PizzaExpress’ history.”

It was reported earlier this year that bosses could be forced to permanently shut a number of their UK restaurants and Maidstone, amongst 13 other restaurants in Kent, was at risk. Sadly news has been confirmed that the restaurant will not be re-opening and closing permanently after it’s long history in Maidstone.

Pizza Express reportedly called in auditors in October, after its most recent accounts showed the chain’s total debt was £1.1billion – working out at £1.79million per restaurant.

PizzaExpress has also told Maidstone Radio “The closure of the Maidstone PizzaExpress is unrelated today’s announcement about financial restructure or launch of the CVA proposal”.

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