Main Street Favorite Pier Pizza Goes Bankrupt | News
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI – Pier Pizza Company on Main Street abruptly closed its doors on Tuesday, citing labor and supply issues, and rising costs of supplies, as reasons to quit the business community of downtown after more than 20 years.
In online posts, Wakefield’s Pier Pizza also pointed out that it had no connection with a restaurant establishment of the same name in Warwick.
The doors were locked, the power was off, and no one was available at the store late Tuesday afternoon – a time when the business could typically see customers stopping by for a snack while shopping for holiday gifts along Main Street.
But an online post earlier today from the store generated a wave of more than 150 reviews from customers, former employees and the like.
“Due to the persistent labor shortage, worsening supply chain problems and unsustainable price increases, Pier Pizza has closed its doors,” the advisory reads. The store, known for their authentic New York-style brick oven pizzas, thanked customers and said they enjoyed being a part of the community.
The end of the Pier Pizza Company comes just days before the village of downtown Wakefield prepares to light its Christmas tree on Saturday – an annual tradition that typically sees patrons flock to the pizzeria before, during and after the ‘event.
During the spring, summer and fall, Pier Pizza has occasionally announced that it has to close due to a lack of adequate staff. This is a message echoed by other small businesses as well.
âLike many restaurants across the country, we are facing a labor shortage never seen before,â an April 23 report said. Its last closure took place last Friday.
Online, supporters lamented the popular restaurant’s closure and said its New York-style pizza was among the best and would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace.
Others applauded the company as a positive element in the community.
âMy son really enjoyed working there,â said Denise Silva-Navoian. âThank you for making such a good impression on the young people of the city. Your business, your smiley faces and your pizza will surely be missed! â
According to its website, the Pier Pizza Company opened on June 16, 2000. With its original location near its namesake – the Pier – in Narragansett, the new store claimed to bring authentic new-style pizza for the first time. -Yorkis south of Rhode Island. .
Ownership changed in October 2015, and new management brought a renewed commitment to service, taste and consistency.
âThe pizzas are made to order – hand stretched and baked on the bricks of our ovenâ¦ without frying pans or oils. The way pizza was meant to be, âthe store said.
He also sold “pizza kits” with ingredients and instructions for customers to make a 14 inch pizza at home.