Employees and customers were shocked to learn that eight Papa John’s stores in the Sacramento, Calif., area closed on Friday without any apparent previous warning.
“We are sorry to advise you that due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to cease operations effective immediately,” read a sign posted on the door of the popular pizzerias Friday, later uploaded to Reddit, according to The Blaze.
The note on the door of one of the shuttered stores identified the franchisee as APNA Investments. It said APNA Investments anticipates filing for bankruptcy and advised employees to seek unemployment compensation from the Employment Development Department.
News10/KXTV reports that one employee in Folsom found out the franchisee was in trouble when the bank refused to honor his paycheck.
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According to the Blaze, the individual that uploaded the sign to Reddit says he was an employee of one of the stores and claims the owners shut down the restaurants without leaving their workers pay for their final two weeks.
Carr said the eight stores had been struggling, but that corporate officials were blindsided by the immediate closings.
"We certainly could have helped them look at some other options," he said.
Papa John's would seek a new franchisee to take over some or all of the shuttered stores, Carr said.