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Freshii records million-dollar loss in first quarter amid ongoing COVID-19 closures


TORONTO — Freshii Inc. has recorded a million-dollar loss in its first quarter as many of its restaurants remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

The Toronto-based company reported a net loss of $1.05 million for the 13 weeks ended March 28, compared with a net loss of $2.49 million in the same quarter last year. 

It reported an adjusted net loss of $549,000, up from an adjusted net loss of $1.21 million in the first quarter of 2020. 

Revenue totalled $2.89 million, down from $4.56 million in the same quarter last year.

Freshii said system-wide sales were $23.3 million in the quarter, compared with $37.2 million last year — a decrease of $13.9 million or 37 per cent.

The company said 43 locations remained temporarily closed at the end of the first quarter out of its 401 stores. 

Freshii's total number of stores was down 10 from the fourth quarter of 2020 after it opened seven new stores in the quarter but closed 17 locations — the majority of which had not been open and operating since the first quarter of 2020. 

But the company noted strong digital sales momentum in the quarter, with Freshii mobile app sales up 129 per cent compared with the year before. 

"The Freshii restaurant network and omnichannel business lines have continued to demonstrate resilience, and have progressed well despite the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Freshii chairman and CEO Matthew Corrin said in a statement. 

Founded in 2005, Freshii has restaurants in 15 countries around the world. It also sells nutritional supplement products in-store and directly to consumers via its online retail site. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021.

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