New England-based Papa Gino's abruptly closed their Vernon and Windsor Locks locations along with dozens of other location this morning. Signs posted on the door apologize for the closure and point customers to other local locations.
Papa Gino's sister chain D'Angelo's also closed numerous locations, a combined number of closures is close to 100 locations. D'Angelo's in Vernon remains open.
Papa Gino's was founded in 1961 in East Boston, Mass as Piece O Pizza, before changing their name to Papa Gino's in 1968. The brand saw major expansion in New England in the 1980s and 1990s, before shrinking in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The pizza chain owns D'Angelo's Sandwiches. Both chains were briefly owned by YUM! Brands, owner of Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell. Papa Gino's had other area locations in Manchester (located where BJ's is now) and in East Hartford (In the former Charter Oak Mall.) These locations closed years ago.
According to a press release from a Papa Gino's spokesman this morning, Papa Gino's and D'Angelo's are being sold from parent company PGHC to Wynnchurch Capitol. The details of the deal were not released to the public, and the deal is still subject to government approval. Wynnchurch Capitol owns a variety of companies ranging from pool care, car care, meat, all the way to limestone products.
Papa Gino's has one remaining Connecticut location, the sole-remaining location is located in Willimantic. This location is located inside of the East Brook Mall. The chain now has 97 locations, down from 150+ last year.
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