Amherst, Springhill Pizza Delight locations close

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Franchise agreement not renewed

Pizza Delight stores in Amherst and Springhill have closed after franchisee Keith Mackintosh opted not to renew his franchise agreement and lease.

AMHERST – Cumberland County's two Pizza Delight franchises have closed their doors.

The Amherst store, located on Robert Angus Drive, and the Springhill location on Main Street closed late Wednesday.

Franchisee Keith Mackintosh said Friday that he decided not renew his franchise agreement.

"My franchise agreement and lease was up and I have decided not to renew," Mackintosh said from Moncton, where he operates the new St. Louis Bar and Grill. "It's time for a change."

Mackintosh took over the Pizza Delight franchise in Amherst from Joe LeFurgey 10 years ago. He said he has enjoyed his time in the community and was a big supporter of local shopping and supporting local sports teams.

"The community has been very supportive of Pizza Delight over the last 10 years and we have been very supportive of the community," Mackintosh said.

Twelve full and part-time employees are affected by the closure.

Mackintosh said he's not sure if someone else will take over the two stores. He also surrendered a franchise location in Dartmouth.

Mackintosh said the cost of doing business has exploded in recent years with power, telephone and food costs increasing at a much faster rate than revenues. He also said labour costs have also climbed steadily. Labour costs have also climbed.

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, Moncton Dartmouth

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Recent comments

  • Joe
    August 07, 2013 - 15:42

    I have to say, "What a loss", we enjoyed that place. There was an excellent staff to wait on you, plus, a nice family style restaurant setting, good food and this should have been a winning combination for the owner. Sitting where we all are, in the "comment" section, I must say, we do not have enough information, to make a good evaluation as to why they really closed and the real reasons could surprise us, or satisfy us, just as their restaurant did.

  • MediaBoy
    August 05, 2013 - 13:26

    I have to agree with the person identified as LOL. The mayor and council are spending big dollars to make the town look good. Unfortunately, it's just a new coat of paint on a hollow shell. These seven people are being paid big salaries -- remember the raises they got after the election that they didn't talk about before it? -- and it's time they started paying attention to the real issues facing Amherst's business community. If the taxpayers want window dressers they can hire the ones from Dayle's much more cheaply. The mayor's 222-vote election night majority must be down in the minus numbers by now.

  • Al
    August 05, 2013 - 13:07

    You complain about the Franchisee closing the doors but the simple fact is that if he was making money, he'd stay. He can't pay his staff because he hasn't the customers. It' that simple. In the past year, McDonalds has enlarged and Britanys just opened. People's taste change.

  • Fellow business owner
    August 02, 2013 - 22:29

    Running any business in today's economy is a challenge! Making a decision to close is extremely gut wrenching for all involved and is not made lightly. Those who have never had to lie awake at night and worry if you can make the payroll and bank payments as a business owner have no idea of the angst involved. Best wishes to all involved for a brighter future.

  • Norma Laniglle
    August 02, 2013 - 21:25

    Another large blow for a small N. S. Town...Amherst has very few places to eat and this will be a terrible loss...

  • lol
    August 02, 2013 - 21:16

    just one of many in Amherst to go. nothing left in this town soon. I heard needs is the next to go. same as scotsburn is gone. Amherst is a joke, mayor is a joke. stop putting all the money in sidealks and crap and start keeping jobs here.

  • Ed MacKay
    August 02, 2013 - 19:24

    Well, business usually thrive when a business is managed by a local owner. Maybe he needs to pay more attention to managing his businesses. The same thing would apply to Grecco and Freddies, etc.

  • Jim Kerr
    August 02, 2013 - 15:54

    Such is the life of small business in Nova Scotia. High taxes and rent, outrageous utility costs, food, fuel and labour all going up in price much faster than people's wages. If the government doesn't soon wake up, there will be no small business left in Nova Scotia, just government-subsidized dying industries and Nova Scotia Power. Good Luck then!

  • Unfortunately
    August 02, 2013 - 15:43

    Employees do deserve a fair wage, but unfortunately wages are a big issue for businesses. Anyone who thinks otherwise has never had to run a business A $10 an hour employee costs a business over $500 a week at 40 hours with vacation pay, EI, CPP, etc..... 12 employees at $500 a week is a $6000 a week expense. Which is $312 000 a year, and that is just one expense for a business. Not an easy slog for anyone. So I feel bad for both the employees and the employer. It is a tough juggling act. All the best to everyone involved

    • Yosef
      August 13, 2013 - 21:18

      75,000 rent,250,000 supplies, 55,000 utilities , 70,000 franchise expense...tough to operate small franchise ion rural Canada

  • Robin
    August 02, 2013 - 12:45

    I do not understand this! As an employer, he has the right to change his mind, but considering the dedicated staff, some of which have been there for years, and considering it was always a pleasant eating experience and one of the few good places to eat in town, this seems like a ridiculous way to do business. I was a frequent diner at this restaurant and it was busy just about every time there. Good for Mr. Macintosh to have a new franchise in another town. Not so good to leave this community abruptly and putting 12 staff members out of work! That is a shame!

  • Colin Martin
    August 02, 2013 - 11:39

    Stop complaining about the wages, the employees have families and obligations to support. The employees all deserve me.