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Six local Papa John's stores close "out of nowhere"


ALBANY, N.Y. - Over 60 people in the Capital Region are without work after six Papa John's Restaurants closed abruptly over the weekend, some employees say.

Employees of the six Papa John's stores say they were called "out of nowhere" on Saturday morning to be told they were shutting down the stores.

Former assistant manager of a Papa John's in Troy, Albert Manwaring, says he and his wife who also worked for a Papa John's have no income coming in and have two children to support.

Manwaring says he's worried. "There was no warning at all," he said Monday.

A sign on the door says, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Papa John's Restaurant is now closed.

Christian King, owner of KNC Holdings in Albany, closed down the six shops. King's office has not responded to NEWS10's request for comment.

The Papa John's on New Scotland Ave in Albany is still opened for business as they're owned and operated by different management.

Manager Todd Zehntner says the store got numerous phone calls from confused customers over the weekend.  He says the circumstances are unfortunate will accept applications from those employees who lost their jobs.

"I can pass them onto the owner of my franchise and per what our business needs he'd be more than happy to set up interviews with them," Zehntner said.

Zehntner expects it to be busier with carry-out now that the other six locations in the Capital Region have closed. The owner says they will have to ask the corporate office if they are able to deliver outside of Albany.

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