Speaking to indy100, a spokesperson for the food chain said: “The UK food industry has been experiencing disruption across its supply chain in recent weeks due to staff shortages and a number of our restaurants have been impacted.
“However, since Monday, a team of our brilliant Nandocas have been supporting our key suppliers onsite – working in partnership to help get things moving again, and this has already had a positive impact on affected restaurants.
“From this Saturday, as a result of the hard work behind the scenes, it is our intention that all of our restaurants will be open again, and all our customers can enjoy their favourite PERi-PERi chicken.”
The South African business is among the nation’s favourite fast food chains mak17/Pixabay
It comes after some 50 stores closed on Wednesday due to delays in deliveries. Staffing problems at suppliers’ factories sparked stock shortages in certain restaurants, meaning there weren’t enough of the famous flame-grilled dishes to go round.
The chain said it would be “lending” 70 members of its staff to suppliers’ factories to “get things moving again” but the UK’s chicken lovers looked set to face a grim few days.
A Nando’s spokesperson told indy100 on Tuesday: “Due to staff shortages, the UK food industry has been experiencing disruption across the supply chain and a number of our restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales have been impacted.
“From today, Nando’s will be lending some of our brilliant team members to support key suppliers and get things moving again. We hope this will have a positive impact on affected restaurants, so please bear with us as we do everything we can to get that PERi-PERi chicken back where it belongs – on your plates.
“We will still be open for Eat-in and Collect in the UK, just check your local restaurant page to make sure it’s open before you visit.”
And responding to upset customers on Twitter Nando’s described the situation as “a bit of a ‘mare’”.
In another tweet, the restaurant apologised for the “disappointment” and said suppliers could not keep up with “demand for peri-peri”.
Elsewhere, customers took to Twitter to share their disappointment at finding out their local Nando’s was closed.
nandos is closed and i’m not ok 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/tM1ldd9vIs