Franchise agreement not renewed
© Thomas Becker - The Amherst News
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.