While there is no good time to get fired from a job, 20 persons were fired from Snarf’s Sub Shop at Chicago’s River North location – via email – on Sunday night, according to a Huffington Post report on Monday.
The Colorado-based sub shop said it is closing its River North location as of Monday – two days before Christmas. The closure is for an unspecified amount of time as the store is to begin remodeled to become a hamburger shop.
Jill Preston – who is the director of marketing for Snarf’s – said that the firm really regrets that the employees were given last-minute notices – but, she claims, the workers were aware of the loss of business during the past year.
Along with being told that they were all terminated, the workers were told they could apply for unemployment – and they were invited to “keep an eye out for the grand opening of the new store.” Preston claims that none of the 20 employees were retained or temporarily laid off because there is no definite date for reopening the store. Most, but not all, of the employees who were laid off were part-time. Several managers are being kept on to oversee the shop’s changes.
Defending the timing of the firings, Preston said that during this time of year, there isn’t a lot of business. So basically, it chose to close this week.
Additionally, the company denies that firings had anything to do with employees striking for $15 per hour with other fast-food restaurants recently – though some have their doubts about this assertion.
Waiting until after the holidays would have obviously been a much smarter PR move, regardless of how much business the shop didn't expect to do during the holidays.
There is another Snarf’s in Chicago’s loop which is reportedly not affected.