Employees of Boston Pizza at the Highland Square Mall received some surprising news this morning: the business has closed.
Only 13 months into operation and just two months before Christmas, the local staff were told the eatery would not re-open but the current owners “anticipate new ownership.”
Staff received communication this morning from Jan Relf, who co-owns the local franchise with her husband Troy, that says:
Firstly, we want to thank you all for being part of our team at Boston Pizza, a lot of you have been with us since we opened and we are like our own family.
Each and every single one of you have worked so hard and for that we truly thank you.
We have not seen the store make any traction over the last year and do not see it happening for a long time, if ever.
After a considerable amount of thought we have decided to close down the store immediately.
***Effective NOW FRIDAY October 26, the STORE is CLOSED and will remain CLOSED*** WE WILL NOT BE RE-OPENING
If you have a store key we do not need you to return it, the alarm codes and locks are changed. If you have any personal belongings in the store you need to please let me know, we would like to get them to you. You are welcome to keep your uniforms, we anticipate new ownership and you may wish to apply if that happens. We will forward your information to the new owners, once new ownership is confirmed.
Anyone that has worked this week, Mon to Thursday, will be paid on the next pay date. For those who didn’t pick up their cheque yesterday we can make alternative arrangements to get it to you, please email me.
Records of employment will be filed with Service Canada (lay-offs) directly for those who wish to apply. They will have your records in approximately a week.
Please know this was not an easy decision for us to make, and we are sorry it’s happened. We wish you the best in your future endeavours and thank you for everything.