FRAMINGHAM – The CEO of Papa Gino’s announced that a half dozen locations in Massachusetts would close.
Among the locations announced were the two locations in Framingham and a location on Route 9 in Natick.
Last November, Papa Gino’s closed several locations abruptly, including one in Ashland.
“For the past few months there have been many changes taking place with Papa Gino’s, all with the intention of strengthening this great and beloved brand for years to come,” wrote the CEO on Facebook tonight, Feb. 24. “Along the way we’ve needed to make some very tough decisions. Today we announce the closing of 7 Papa Gino’s restaurants. We do not anticipate any additional closings. We are doing everything we can to take care of the managers and team members at these locations, including transfers to other Papa Gino’s locations or placement assistance to help them find new jobs. We want to hold onto as many of our people as we can and help the rest of them quickly land on their feet.”
“Fortunately, there are far more positive changes on the way. Papa Gino’s is now part of a newly formed company called New England Authentic Eats. We have seen the love and loyalty New Englanders have for this brand and it is the mission of our new company to position Papa Gino’s for future growth and invest significantly in that future, with a focus on delivering an excellent experience and fan-favorite foods for our guests,” wrote the CEO.
“Papa Gino’s has been creating authentically delicious pizza moments for New England families since 1961 and we have every intention of doing so for generations to come,” said the CEO.
“It is never easy having to close restaurants that have meant so much to our team members and guests but we are committed to rebuilding and revitalizing Papa Gino’s to be better and stronger than ever,” said CEO Bill Van Epps on Facebook.
The Framingham locations on Route 9 and Route 30 will both close, along with the Route 9 Natick location.