Papa Gino's Suddenly Closed Dozens of New England Locations

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 7, 2018

The well-known MA pizza and sandwich chain Papa Gino's Inc. has abruptly closed many of its locations, Eyewitness News has learned.Eyewitness News called and visited several Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches locations across Southeastern New England after receiving reports from employees and customers who found them closed on Sunday morning.The Papa Gino's website shows 97 open locations as of Sunday, down from 144 listed last week.

The announcement came after the company, Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation, Inc., abruptly closed dozens of locations throughout New England on Sunday.

Yesterday, its advertised locations plummeted to 97 without explanation.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will ensure a long and prosperous future for these iconic New England restaurants", Chief Financial Officer Corey Wendland said.

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Around 1,100 employees are affected, but the company hopes to move as many as possible to the 178 restaurants and franchise locations that continue to operate around New England, according to a spokesman for Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation.

Employees at several remaining Papa Gino's referred phone calls from a reporter to the corporate office, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Lowell Sun interviewed a manager-in-training, who arrived on Sunday evening for his second-ever shift at the Lowell restaurant to find the door locked.

PGHC Holdings says the move would "significantly strengthen the chains' financial resources", allowing for the ability to remodel and modernize their 141 restaurants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and CT. "They didn't inform me or anything", Shadane Richards told the newspaper. The name was changed in 1968.

D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches was founded as Ma Riva's Sub Shop in Dedham in 1967.

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