Burger King UK boss Alasdair Murdoch has said the chain might have to shut up to 10% of its restaurants even with the extra government support offered in yesterday’s summer budget.
The fast food chain has reopened about 370 of its 530 restaurants in the UK so far.
But in an interview with the BBC, Mr Murdoch said rents remained the “decisive issue” and he hoped the government would consider more proactive support on the matter.
Mr Murdoch said schemes to help the restaurant industry do not do enough to overcome the combination of fixed costs and lost sales.
Up to 1,600 jobs could be lost if it is forced to close around 50 stores.
“If we can possibly avoid it, we will,” he said. “We don’t want to lose any. We try very hard not to, but one’s got to assume somewhere between 5% and 10% of the restaurants might not be able to survive.”