Pret a Manger has cut 2,800 jobs after ten years of growth were wiped out by a Covid sales crash.
The redundancies - equal to more than a third of Pret's workforce - come after the sandwich and coffee chain said last month that it was planning to shut 30 shops in a major shake-up.
Most Pret stores have now reopened after lockdown was lifted, but visitor numbers remain brutally low as the office workers who it relies on for trade stay at home.
Although Pret said there have been clear signs of recovery in footfall since Covid restrictions were eased, sales are still down about 60pc compared with the same time last year. Tens of thousands of pub, cafe and restaurant jobs have been slashed since the crisis hit.
Chief executive Pano Christou said: “The pandemic has taken away almost a decade of growth at Pret.
“We’ve managed to protect many jobs by making changes to the way we run our shops and the hours we ask team members to work.
“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to review all these changes now that trade is improving again, and I’m encouraged by the improvements we’re seeing every week.”
Alongside a steep reduction in shop staff, 90 roles were also axed in the company's support centre teams.
Around 1,000 other roles at Pret were saved when staff members agreed to move to reduced minimum weekly hours.
The company said it will review the change to reflect footfall and sales levels during the rest of this year and early 2021.
Mr Chistou said: "We'll soon be announcing a number of big changes to help bring Pret to more people.
"We're grateful to the Government for the support they've given our sector, and hope that support will continue as long as possible to give Pret time to adjust."
Pret has reopened 339 of its sites following the lockdown. It is the latest chain to announce closures and job losses due to the pandemic, as grab-and-go food outlets continue to bee hammered by the shift in working patterns.
Last month Upper Crust owner SSP announced is was axing up to 5,000 jobs as it faces plunging passenger numbers at railway stations and airports.