Eight Papa John's closures across the Sacramento area happened on Friday without notifying customers or paying employees. Inquisitr reports Sept. 21 that the Papa John's closings left everyone shocked when only one of the stores had a note left on the door blaming “circumstances beyond our control” for the closure. The note further advised employees to file for unemployment insurance.
The note hinted that the owner of the Papa John's franchises, APNA Investments, planned to file for bankruptcy. Workers of all eight Papa John's were told to contact "Chet" if they left any possessions behind inside the stores.
An unidentified employee said hearing about the Papa John's closures didn't surprise him because he suspected the local chain was in trouble. The bank wouldn't cash his last paycheck. Another employee posted a photo on Reddit of the note they found.
Over 50 employees are unpaid for the previous two weeks of work at the restaurants.
A corporate spokesman for Papa John’s said he was just as surprised to learn about the Sacramento closures.
“We certainly could have helped them look at some other options,” he said.
He said that the corporation will find another franchisee to take over some or all of the closed locations.
The report added that APNA Investments has three other Papa John’s open franchises in Sacramento, despite the eight other closures.