Griddly Games sends best wishes to Parrsboro

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Headz Gamez International (H.G.I.) might be gone, but the new company that rose from its ashes has offered a sympathy/get well card to the town it flirted with last summer and fall.

Headz Gamez International (H.G.I.) might be gone, but the new company that rose from its ashes has offered a sympathy/get well card to the town it flirted with last summer and fall.

In a May 18 e-mail to Parrsboro Town Council, Griddly Games operations officer Penny Osborn offered best wishes to the town, and further explained their feelings regarding the actions of former H.G.I. CEO and president Kerry Martens. Griddly Games Inc. has bought the rights and title of the Griddly Headz line of products.

Many people, including the new owners of Griddly Games Inc., have been hurt by Kerry Martens both financially and emotionally, said Osborn. The town of Parrsboro has been victimized. The staff in Parrsboro were also left to face their families, friends and community with little support. These people were not responsible for the actions of Kerry Martens.

The Parrsboro area erupted into a frenzy last summer when Martens arrived in town to announce plans for a board game development in Parrsboro that would employ 1,500 people. A local office was opened on Main Street, and real estate deals were pursued on properties such as the old post office building, the former Scott property, and the industrial park.

But the bottom fell out of the project later in the fall, when Martens sold his controlling interest in H.G.I. and stepped down as CEO and president. The company filed for bankruptcy soon after.

(Kerry Martens) left the company in shambles, she said. Employees were not paid, bills were left unpaid and promises were broken.

She said now is the time for all to heal, and hoped that the community did not hold the Parrsboro staff responsible for the events that transpired.

Mayor Doug Robinson said he hoped that everyone could just put the whole experience behind them.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Griddly Games, Parrsboro Town Council

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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