Staff 'told by text Checcos was closing'

Checco's on Garstang Road, Preston
Checco's on Garstang Road, Preston

Mystery surrounds the closure of a popular Italian restaurant in Preston.

The award-winning Checco's in Garstang Road appears to have shut its doors, although it is not clear if this is for good.

Two nearby businesses said the popular eatery seems to have been closed since last week.

The Post tried to contact Checcos' owners, both via the Preston branch and their restaurant in Great Harwood, on several occasions but could not get a response.

One member of staff contacted the Post to say they had been given little warning of the closure. Paula Lee, from Preston, says that her 19-year-old daughter who worked at Checco's part time has lost her sole income.

She told how her daughter, who does not want to be named, was at work on the Sunday before Checco's closed.

She says her daughter was told not to come in for her next shift because the restaurant was having a stock-take done.

However, on the following Wednesday, Paula says her daughter was sent a text message saying not to go in for her shift that day as the restaurant had closed.

Paula said: "A couple of them received a text saying the business has now closed, you will receive an explanation and payment in time but none of them have been paid.

"All the curtains are down and nobody's around. It's a week she hasn't been paid for, it's about £140 so its not a lot but that's not the point.

"There are also people who have deposits down for their Christmas meal at £10 a head.

"When I call the restaurant everybody's saying to me that the owner's not here."

In July this year Checco’s went on the market, for sale through commercial property advisers Christie & Co.

At the time Christie & Co confirmed that Checco’s was available on a leasehold basis.

The original Checco’s Restaurant is based in Great Harwood, near Blackburn, where it has been a family-owned business since its opening in 1990.