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07 November 2018, 10:27 | Hattie Nash
Papa Ginos in Middletown permanently closed
Over the weekend, locally-born chain Papa Gino's closed dozens of its locations in New England, including pizzerias in Lowell, Westford, Bedford, Nashua, and Fitchburg, the Lowell Sun reported.
Around 1,100 employees are affected, but the company hopes to move as many as possible to the 178 restaurants and franchise locations that continue to operate around New England, according to a spokesman for Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation.
The company said it closed 95 underperforming stores on Sunday to begin the process of restructuring.
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In a September 21 press release, Bunker Hill Capital, a Boston private equity investor, said it exited from PGHC Holdings, the parent company of Papa Gino's and D'Angelo. "Thank you for your patronage".
The company hasn't provided a full list of the closures and a company spokeswoman didn't immediately comment. Papa Gino's official social media accounts did not address the closings either. The company recommend customers check its website "to view open locations".
The Papa Gino's on Route 135 closed a year ago in Ashland.
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. "If your nearest Papa Gino's or D'Angelo has closed, be assured that your favorite pizza or Steak Number 9 sandwich awaits you at a re-energized restaurant not too far away".
In 1968, the company changed the name to Papa Gino's and started to expand throughout Boston. The company reported in January that it had almost 280 company-owned and franchised restaurants, employing more than 4,000 workers.Eyewitness News will continue to bring you updates both on WPRI 12 and on WPRI.com about this developing story.
"I showed up for my shift this morning to find that same sign on our door", Kesley Sullivan, who worked at the Mansfield location said.
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