Sunday, 18 November, 2018

New England pizza, sandwich chain closes dozens of locations

A closed Papa Gino’s in Newton A closed Papa Gino’s in Newton
Jean Garcia | 07 November, 2018, 22:30

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.

According to several media reports, Papa Gino's closed approximately 53 locations without explanation, including the one at 619 West Main Road.

Papa Gino's listed on its website it had about 150 locations this summer. "We are confident that the agreement with Wynnchurch achieves all of those goals", Corey Wendland, chief financial officer, said in the statement. As of Sunday, its website only listed 97 locations.

The closings were sudden, even to Papa Gino's employees.

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The company has not responded to multiple phone and email messages.Papa Gino's was founded in 1961 in East Boston as Piece O'Pizza. "I was supposed to work 5 to close".

In a press release sent out Monday, the company said it closed 95 "under-performing restaurants". In 1968, it changed its name, and began expanding around Boston and beyond.

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"These were hard decisions but decisions we believe were absolutely necessary to allow Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches to continue serving New England now and for years to come", Wendland said. The sit-down pizzerias hosted many a pizza-fueled birthday party, and some schoolchildren-like myself at Berlin Memorial School-grew up eating the thin-crust pies every week in the cafeteria as part of a prolific school lunch program.

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