Own­ers step­ping back af­ter decade at helm

Pita Pit will re­open un­der new own­er­ship in early 2019

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS - TOM MOR­RI­SON

The own­ers of Chatham’s only Pita Pit fran­chise are step­ping away from the busi­ness to pur­sue other in­ter­ests, but the head com­pany has said it should re­open un­der new own­er­ship some time next year.

Sis­ters Ja­nine Tim­mer­mans and Jodi Collins took over the St. Clair Street lo­ca­tion at the be­gin­ning of 2009 af­ter work­ing as em­ploy­ees un­der the pre­vi­ous owner. Af­ter 10 years, they said it is time to move on.

“We def­i­nitely are look­ing for­ward to start­ing a new busi­ness on our own,” said Tim­mer­mans. “We feel like we’ve learned all we can from here, so we’re just go­ing to take what we learned and start some­thing new.”

They plan to launch a new line of chil­dren’s cloth­ing and sell it on­line so they can work from home.

“We both have young chil­dren so (we would like) to spend more time with our fam­i­lies,” said Tim­mer­mans. “Run­ning a restau­rant like this, you don’t get to spend as much time with your fam­i­lies, so def­i­nitely work­ing out of the home will make that a lot eas­ier.”

They will close the restau­rant next Thurs­day.

Although Collins said the busi­ness is still “thriv­ing,” sev­eral fac­tors con­trib­uted to them chang­ing ca­reers at this par­tic­u­lar time.

“I know a lot of the busi­nesses out there have the same strug­gles, right, min­i­mum wage ris­ing,” said Tim­mer­mans. “Those weren’t key fac­tors, but ev­ery­thing all to­gether, 10 years of do­ing this, we just feel like we’ve kind of out­grown it now.”

A state­ment sent by Me­lanie D’Aloisio from fran­chise devel­op­ment at Pita Pit Canada said the restau­rant will even­tu­ally re­open at the same lo­ca­tion.

“We are tem­po­rar­ily clos­ing to up­date and ren­o­vate the Chatham Pita Pit lo­ca­tion. We are cur­rently fi­nal­iz­ing terms around the own­er­ship change and are ex­cited to share de­tails as soon as we are able to,” the state­ment read.

“We ex­pect the Chatham lo­ca­tion, with an im­proved look but same awe­some food and ex­pe­ri­ence, to re­launch to the com­mu­nity in early 2019.”

Collins said they have about 10 em­ploy­ees who were no­ti­fied of the de­ci­sion on Fri­day. They said they ap­pre­ci­ate the work of their staff and the sup­port they’ve re­ceived from the com­mu­nity.

TOM MOR­RI­SON/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Ja­nine Tim­mer­mans and Jodi Collins, the out­go­ing own­ers of the Chatham Pita Pit lo­ca­tion, are pho­tographed at the St. Clair Street restau­rant. The lo­ca­tion will close down next Thurs­day, but the head of­fice of Pita Pit Canada says the lo­ca­tion will be un­der ren­o­va­tions and a new owner or own­ers should be in place by early 2019.

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