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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:25 am
12 Papa John's stores close without warning

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by KREM.com

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

SPOKANE -- Spokane's Papa John's pizza restaurants closed Tuesday without warning and may not reopen for some time.

According to corporate officials at the company's headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, the 12 closed locations are owned by a group called North Country Pizza.

KREM 2 News is working to find the exact locations of all 12 restaurants, but confirmed most are in Spokane, and at least one is located in the Tri-Cities.

Officials would not specify the reason the 12 restaurants were shut down, but said North Country Pizza franchise owners had not responded to their attempts at contact.

A Papa John's store located near 29th and Regal on Spokane's South Hill displayed a sign in the door indicating it was closed, and that all employees inquiring about W-2 and payroll should email spokanepizza@yahoo.com.

Papa John's officials say they are working to ensure all employees receive their latest paycheck in the mail.

Officials also indicated that other franchise owners have been contacted about taking over some of the stores, but no permanent plans have been established.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:54 pm
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:04 am
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:08 am
Laid-off Papa John’s employees finding work at competitor

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Just days ago, they were competitors. Now former employees of Papa John's are finding work at Pizza Hut after losing their jobs on Monday.

Papa John's franchises in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene closed their doors on Monday leaving dozens without work. Managers at Pizza Hut saw the closure as an opportunity to hire new employees.

"They understand what we do," said Steve Abigail, Regional Manager of Pizza Hut in Spokane. "They understand the pizza business."

Abigail says his company has already interviewed a half-dozen former employees of Papa John's and has hired at least one.

Pizza Hut has scheduled a job fair for Wednesday, February 3 to interview more candidates. Abigail hopes to hire at least 40 employees after the job fair next week.

Alexandra Kidwell was hired by Pizza Hut after losing her job at Papa John's. The 17-year-old started training on Thursday after being unemployed for three days.

"Everyone was just nervous and stressed and worried," she said. "Its good just to know there's a big light at the end of the tunnel and we're all just kind of going there and getting it all worked out for the better."

Those interested in attending the Pizza Hut job fair should take a resume to the Red Lion River Inn from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3.

The company says they are hiring managers and associates. Anyone is welcome to attend the job fair, but Abigail says candidates with experience in the pizza industry will be given preference for interviews.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:22 am
Papa John's franchise short-changed elementary schools

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Posted on January 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM

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SPOKANE-- There is more fallout on Thursday from the local Papa John’s restaurant closures. KREM 2 News has learned the franchise that owned those stores, North Country Pizza, didn’t pay up for fundraisers at Spokane elementary schools like it promised.

North Country Pizza hosted fundraisers almost weekly with local schools. Those schools now want to know if large fundraisers, like the Fallen Lakewood Police fund, got what was pledged.

December 5th and 6th, the local Papa John’s franchise was busy.

Customers poured in thinking the money for each pizza would go to help the families of four Lakewood police officers killed the month before.

When the stores closed, questions were raised about where those funds went, and Wednesday night store managers didn’t know.


Thursday, the Lakewood police officers’ guild called KREM 2 News assuring us it received a check from Papa John’s franchises across the state, totaling $140,000.

The guild also said part of that money came from the North Country Pizza franchise.

But in investigating North Country Pizza, KREM 2 News learned at least two local elementary schools aren’t getting what they were promised.

Annie Henson fundraises for Moran Prairie on Spokane’s South Hill.

She says the school never received two checks from fundraising events with the Papa John’s on Regal and 29th.

She says the school was owed somewhere between $150 and $200.

Grant Elementary is another victim.

The school says it only received one of three checks promised from North Country Pizza.

School officials are disappointed, because the fundraisers were heavily promoted, but everyone agrees Papa John’s will suffer the most.

Henson says it wasn’t the dollar amount that upset her so much as the loss of trust with the local franchise, and its inability to do the right thing, especially when it involved children.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:53 pm
Papa John's returning to Spokane

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Posted: 2:53 pm PDT April 13, 2010
Updated: 6:37 pm PDT April 13, 2010

SPOKANE -- Three of the 12 Papa John's pizza franchises that were closed down in late January are reopening for business later this week.

The franchises at 101 N. Argonne Road, 920 W. Indiana and 2023 E. Wellesley Avenue will be re-opening between Wednesday and next Monday.

The restaurants are under new ownership with P & S Restaurants, LLC, a Papa John’s franchise group with eight other locations, according to a press release from Papa John’s corporate headquarters.

The three franchises being reopened this week were formerly owned and operated by North Country Pizza, which operated a dozen franchises between Wenatchee and Moscow. North Country Pizza abruptly ceased operations at all 12 franchises in late January.

After the closure of the stores it was uncovered that the company owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent on their properties, a lawsuit the company lost not to mention wages owed to employees for the last two pay cycles before the restaurants were shut down.

Papa John’s corporate headquarters has been working since then to find a new ownership group to reopen each of those stores.

According to the Tri-City Herald P & S Restaurants owns six Papa John’s locations in the Boise area and in addition to the three local franchises they have reopened two other franchises in the Tri-Cities area that were formerly owned by North Country Pizza.

P & S Restaurants, LLC is looking to hire back as many old employees as possible and talks are ongoing to find someone to open up the remaining Spokane area Papa John's franchises that were closed by North Country Pizza in late January.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:05 pm
Papa John's franchise owner deep in debt to Kentucky bank

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Posted on January 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 27 at 7:17 PM

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SPOKANE-- The owners who abruptly closed 12 Papa John’s Pizza stores in Eastern Washington and North Idaho Tuesday have run into financial trouble before.

KREM 2 News dug deeper into the owners’ pasts to find they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Kentucky bank.

North Country Pizza is the franchise that shut down the pizza stores, and it owes more than a quarter of a million dollars. Lawyers have yet to explain why the money is owed.

North Country Pizza owns 12 stores in Spokane, Pullman, Yakima, Kennewick, Richland, Wenatchee, Coeur d’Alene, and Moscow -- all closed since Tuesday.

Spokane Superior Court filings show North Country Pizza is deep in debt. Back in 2007, King Southern Bank sued North Country Pizza. In 2008, the bank obtained a $292,000 judgment from North Country Pizza and owner Kevin Maines. Lawyers representing King Southern Bank couldn’t tell KREM 2 News how the franchise owner wound up owing so much to the bank. But they say they are unaware of any payments made since September 2009.

Papa John’s corporate officials say they haven’t been able to track down North Country Pizza.

Dozens of employees have yet to receive their last paychecks from the owners of Papa John’s stores statewide. Some of those employees have been working there for years.

Former Papa John’s manager Angela says she’s mad over the way things were handled, but she feels for the owner and his family. Employees say it will be rough for a while, but they think the owner may have it worst.

The company is looking for someone to buy the stores as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Pizza Hut has told some of the managers they want to hire them.
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