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What Recovery? Sbarro Pizza Joint Closing 155 Stores Across North America
libertynews.com ^ | 02/22/2014 | Eric Odom

Posted on 02/22/2014 5:27:28 AM PST by massmike

If you spend a lot of time watching government (taxpayer) subsidized media you’ll find they’re working overtime to convince us all the economy is recovering. What they refuse to show is stories like this:

Sbarro, the Italian restaurant chain that’s a fixture in mall food courts, is closing 155 of its locations in North America in an attempt to improve the company’s profitability.

The move is part of a broader plan to boost financial performance under a new management team, according to a statement yesterday. The closings affect underperforming company-owned stores and not franchise locations, Sbarro said.

The chain, based in Melville, New York, is still trying to rebound after emerging from bankruptcy in 2011. Sbarro’s restaurants are concentrated in malls, where slowing traffic and muted consumer spending has taken a toll on food courts.

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1 posted on 02/22/2014 5:27:28 AM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

Damn. Now where am I going to go to get warm cardboard with ketchup on it?


2 posted on 02/22/2014 5:29:11 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: massmike

I have never enjoyed anything they serve, but I would rather see them open and serving stuff.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 5:29:50 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: massmike

I much prefer their spaghetti and meatballs over their pizza.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 5:31:00 AM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: massmike

Pizza peddlers freed from “job lock”. All hail freedom fighters KingHussein and house jester Pelosi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o64Fz-KW1Dk


5 posted on 02/22/2014 5:40:33 AM PST by PGalt
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To: massmike

Mall food. Never good pizza. On Long Island where Sbarros originated and I live, there are so many REAL pizzareas around as to make sbarros under patronized EXCEPT for when one spends hours at a mall and you become famished. Which is the only time I have eaten there.

As I no longer shop malls, I no longer eat at malls. I am admittedly an italian food snob. But wish all business, save the crony capitalist zer0 lovers, succeed and bring back the economy from the current malaise we are thrust into by this Marxist regime.


6 posted on 02/22/2014 5:42:58 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: massmike
Sbarro, the Italian restaurant chain that’s a fixture in mall food courts
And therein lies the problem. The malls have increasingly become unsafe as more and more of the EBT crowd takes over.
Throw in the "$200 sneaker" crowd violence and other assorted mob violence and it's a real jungle out there.
7 posted on 02/22/2014 5:45:22 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: massmike

The stuff is awful, but it’s even worse that they have to close when they are providing jobs and people are willing buy it.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 5:46:47 AM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: massmike

The stuff is awful, but it’s even worse that they have to close when they are providing jobs and people are willing buy it.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 5:46:48 AM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: Wolfie

“Damn. Now where am I going to go to get warm cardboard with ketchup on it?”

Dominos. And they will have it to you in 30 minutes or less or it’s free.


10 posted on 02/22/2014 5:50:05 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: massmike

Twenty-five years ago, their food was...OK.

I tried their pizza at a rest stop on I-95 a few years ago.

Total crap.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 5:50:20 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler
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To: massmike

>> to improve the company’s profitability.

>> closings affect underperforming company-owned stores

Underperforming is not the same thing as “losing money”.

American Corporations: creating new Progressives with every improvement in the bottom line.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 5:50:42 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Peter W. Kessler

“I tried their pizza at a rest stop on I-95 a few years ago.”

Should have had the sushi.


13 posted on 02/22/2014 5:51:36 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: Vaquero

I feel for Sbarros and their employees. All of retail has and is taking a major hit in this economy and the party of the “little people” is simply turning its head and ignoring the problem.

I admit, I am part of the problem. I don’t make as much as I use to and thus I don’t spend as much either. I eat out rarely anymore and that’s why places like Sbarros are taking a header. I suppose, to use liberal logic, I should be spending and indebting myself even further to fix the current economic problem brought on by.....spending and indebting one’s self too much.


14 posted on 02/22/2014 5:51:37 AM PST by FAA
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To: massmike

Close businesses to increase profitability?

Heh. At least some folks understand the concept of margin.


15 posted on 02/22/2014 5:52:10 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: massmike

Haven’t eaten at as barrows in years. The food is awful.

Newer better executed restaurant concepts are making a killing.

Look at Chipotle, Buffalo WWs, most of Dardens’s brands, etc.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 5:57:33 AM PST by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: massmike

Lol....the first question I had was “is their food any good?” So thanks to all of those who let me know IT’S CRAP!!!

It always looked inserting but I was never compelled to eat there. Suffice to say no one ever told me “oh you have to try this!”


17 posted on 02/22/2014 6:01:07 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: FAA

A tea party backed republican administration take office in Jan. 2017 is the only thing that can pull us out of this Carter beating malaise.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 6:03:56 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: massmike
A McDonald's in a mall near me closed recently. The story was that McDonald's could no longer make the rent — allegedly around $15,000 a month. That's a lot of money for a cubby hole in a food court.

Part of the problem is the economy — people aren't spending the money they used to. They worry that Obamacare will cost them a fortune and that sooner or later, the socialists will be confiscating their savings, investments and retirement funds.

But at the same time, these fancy malls have jacked up the rent for the privilege of locating a business there. As a result, a number of retailers are leaving the malls for cheaper alternatives. Some malls have a high number of empty retail spaces.

19 posted on 02/22/2014 6:04:46 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: massmike

Gamesa, a wind turbine co in Ebensburg, PA also closing 31 March. Moving to the southwest (rumor has it moving o Mexico).


20 posted on 02/22/2014 6:08:57 AM PST by GTM01
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Yeah, nothing like rest stop sushi.


21 posted on 02/22/2014 6:09:40 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler
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To: massmike

maybe it’s because they couldn’t sell a large enough soda to wash down the grease?


22 posted on 02/22/2014 6:10:25 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

There should be no concern or sorrow expressed here. They are now free from the dreaded “job lock” by Clown Prince nobama. Soon we will see the poetry they are creating, the novels they have written and hear the zither music they are playing. Oh, to be so free... Heaven on earth, I’d say. All praise Clown Prince nobama, the all-seeing and all-knowing.


23 posted on 02/22/2014 6:13:40 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Arts and Crafts stores i.e.e Hobby Lobby stocks should soar!


24 posted on 02/22/2014 6:27:40 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: massmike

Their baked ziti isn’t bad.


25 posted on 02/22/2014 6:38:16 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: massmike
They did in a pinch. I hate to see any business go under, except those that supported Obama.
26 posted on 02/22/2014 6:44:16 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: massmike

They aren’t closing because the economy sucks( and it does) They are closing because their pizza sucks.


27 posted on 02/22/2014 6:47:44 AM PST by Hyman Roth
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Dominos has improved.


28 posted on 02/22/2014 6:58:04 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: massmike

I went to Sbarro’s last night. I asked if they are safe and they are…Thank God! Of course in Maryland, you have to stand in line for a while to get your food so of course I should have known it was safe, but having acknowledgement is great. What is funny is that in Annapolis Mall, we have two of them…one in the food court and one in a sit down type all within the same place. Funny that both will survive. I feel bad for the areas that aren’t making it. I wonder what these cities and states need to do to recover.


29 posted on 02/22/2014 7:36:59 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: wastedyears

I much prefer their spaghetti and meatballs over their pizza.

That’s a weird topping. ;-)


30 posted on 02/22/2014 7:40:14 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: fatnotlazy
A McDonald's in a mall near me closed recently. The story was that McDonald's could no longer make the rent — allegedly around $15,000 a month. That's a lot of money for a cubby hole in a food court.

Now they'll jack up the rent on the ones that remain to make up for the loss.

31 posted on 02/22/2014 7:43:43 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: napscoordinator
in Maryland, you have to stand in line for a while to get your food
Is that some kind of state law, rule or regulation?
What if there's no line ahead of you? Do you just stand there and not order until some one gets behind you and creates a line?
32 posted on 02/22/2014 7:58:15 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Politicalkiddo

That’s true, but is there any less healthy fast food out there?


33 posted on 02/22/2014 8:00:31 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: fatnotlazy

Sounds like what happened to my coffee purveyor about 20 years ago. They had quite a brisk business selling all things coffee and tea, along with the passion and know-how to maximize the products purchased. The mall where they were located upped their rent to the point of unsustainability. The shop shut down and started selling their product online and out of the storefront of their roasting location. They haven’t looked back since. I still get my coffee from them and it is wonderful. :)


34 posted on 02/22/2014 8:27:54 AM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: luvbach1
"Dominos has improved."

I agree. I used to get their thin crust, but have switched to their hand-tossed crust. Much better.

35 posted on 02/22/2014 8:40:55 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Moonman62

I’m crazy enough to try that. :D


36 posted on 02/22/2014 8:54:48 AM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: oh8eleven

lol. I meant because the line is so long trying to get your order placed.


37 posted on 02/22/2014 12:07:40 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz; Peter W. Kessler

Should have had the sushi
= = = = = = = =
Nah, Sushi better at an old ‘one pump’ gas station that sells bait.

Three chores completed in one stop....

I always ‘cringe’ when a place is selling food and has a sign ‘live bait’ in the same area...I know, probably nothing wrong, just the point.

I got gas early one morning and the sandwich truck had just pulled in and taken the fresh(?) sandwiches and put them in the display case.

Took a whiz - filthy head -, the check out clerk was wearing a ‘dirtyish one piece white garment’ and looked unkempt.

The place was SO bad that I virtually took the sandwich from the delivery guy and by the time I got to the counter I had put it back....COULDN’T eat the darn thing knowing it was ‘ok’ WELL, in comparison to the surroundings.

Mostly, it is all in the presentation.

Good rule of thumb is a filthy head in a relatively quiet restaurant.....Not a good idea to eat there as if they have basically no or few customers and can’t keep the head clean, what does the kitchen look like — AND, we can’t go in there.


38 posted on 02/22/2014 12:29:11 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --When you have them by the short hairs, the minds and hearts soon follow.)
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