Shut down

Em­ploy­ees given no no­tice af­ter fran­chise closes 14 months af­ter open­ing

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

Bos­ton Pizza shut­tered in New Glas­gow

The Bos­ton Pizza out­let in New Glas­gow closed its doors Oct. 26.

Af­ter be­ing open for a lit­tle more than a year, work­ers at the High­land Square Mall restau­rant and sports bar were no­ti­fied of the clo­sure via email.

A pub­lic re­la­tions worker at Bos­ton Pizza’s re­gional cor­po­rate of­fice in Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., is­sued a brief state­ment Fri­day morn­ing.

“We re­gret that the lo­cal own­ers of this lo­ca­tion have de­cided to close their doors,” Peter Black­well told The News in an email. “How­ever, Bos­ton Pizza is com­mit­ted to be­gin anew in New Glas­gow and ask that folks bear with us while we work to re­open as quickly as pos­si­ble and en­sure we de­liver the full Bos­ton Pizza ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one in New Glas­gow.

“We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing dur­ing this tem­po­rary clo­sure and we look for­ward to see­ing the res­i­dents of New Glas­gow again soon.”

The restau­rant fran­chise own­ers were Jan and Troy Relf, who said be­fore it opened that they had de­cided on New Glas­gow be­cause they thought it would be a good op­por­tu­nity for the town and wanted to be able to get in­volved in the com­mu­nity. Just shy of 6,000 square feet, with a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 120 in the din­ing room and 110 in the lounge, it was ini­tially hoped it would em­ploy about 60 full-time staff.

A restau­rant em­ployee, who has worked there since it opened in Septem­ber 2017, said staff re­ceived an email in­form­ing them that the doors were locked, and the locks and alarm sys­tem had been changed.

“The own­ers are walk­ing away from it and cor­po­rate is look­ing for a new owner,” said the em­ployee, who es­ti­mated that roughly 40 peo­ple have been thrown out of work. “The writ­ing was on the wall (but) we tried to be up­beat. A lot of the servers and the cooks are pretty wor­ried, where we are two months away from Christ­mas.”

A per­son who works at a store at High­land Square Mall said it wasn’t much of a shock that the restau­rant was shut down.

“No one here is sur­prised it closed,” said the em­ployee, who wanted to re­main anony­mous. “They’d say it was busy, but it never seemed busy when I left here af­ter work.”

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

The Bos­ton Pizza out­let at High­land Square Mall in New Glas­gow shut down Oct. 26.

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

Af­ter less than 14 months, Bos­ton Pizza shuts down, its fu­ture in New Glas­gow un­cer­tain.

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