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Redfairen

(1,276 posts)
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:33 PM Feb 2014

Sbarro Inc. pizza chain closing 155 locations, mostly in mall food courts

Source: Associated Press

Sbarro Inc. says it's closing 155 of its locations, mostly in mall food courts where traffic has declined.

The Melville, N.Y.-based pizza chain said Wednesday the closures affect 1,400 workers. The move comes as the company is trying to improve its financial performance under its new leadership team that took over in 2013.

Jonathan Dedmon, a representative for Sbarro, says the targeted locations will close Thursday.

"The last day of business is today," he wrote in an email.



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Sbarro Inc. pizza chain closing 155 locations, mostly in mall food courts (Original Post) Redfairen Feb 2014 OP
Is there a list of places affected? Timez Squarez Feb 2014 #1
Always seemed pretty good as far as Mall Food goes. marble falls Feb 2014 #2
their pizza does not taste good at all, it almost has no taste to it JI7 Feb 2014 #3
wow you have bad taste in pizza wilt the stilt Feb 2014 #7
dominoes is better than papa johns and papa johns is better than sbarro, but they all suck JI7 Feb 2014 #9
And Dominoes is basically Kelvin Mace Feb 2014 #16
Nah benh57 Feb 2014 #21
I had it as airport food once and agree it's tasteless wordpix Feb 2014 #18
I've had it and it's not great pizza . . . brush Feb 2014 #24
Too bad. The one my family and I sometimes go to in Maine is fine. And it always seems pretty busy. RBInMaine Feb 2014 #35
Hard to believe what people outside New York... JackRiddler Feb 2014 #44
I think this might say more about the malls than about the pizza Maeve Feb 2014 #4
That, and the pizza market is totally saturated Brother Buzz Feb 2014 #20
True, but not at malls Renew Deal Feb 2014 #30
Sbarfo's is closing 155 stores!?!? DeSwiss Feb 2014 #5
The margin on pizza is 90%. Cheapest thing you can make KurtNYC Feb 2014 #32
Bingo.... sendero Feb 2014 #34
The one near me in Maine is fine. Actually quite good. May depend on location. RBInMaine Feb 2014 #36
The one near me in Maine is fine. Maybe some differences between locations. ??? RBInMaine Feb 2014 #38
They are the closest to NY Pizza in Florida HockeyMom Feb 2014 #6
Read post 24. Sbarro's is not close to typical NYC pizza. nt brush Feb 2014 #25
Born, raised, and spent 28 years in NYC HockeyMom Feb 2014 #42
I don't have to tell you brush Feb 2014 #43
No pizza is bad pizza* Inkfreak Feb 2014 #8
Too bad shenmue Feb 2014 #10
I was just debating on whether I should try Papa J's new.... Left Coast2020 Feb 2014 #11
Papa GOP John. I'll pass. TeamPooka Feb 2014 #15
I just had Papa John's Cheeseburger Pizza yeoman6987 Feb 2014 #19
Message auto-removed Name removed Feb 2014 #12
They just closed one in the busiest mall in Century City CA. What's their excuse for that one? nt TeamPooka Feb 2014 #13
I'm sorry to hear that, more jobs lost. Beacool Feb 2014 #14
sbarro v papa john v pizza hut Warren Stupidity Feb 2014 #17
Best to worst: 1. Sbarro, 2. Pizza Hut, 3. Papa John Renew Deal Feb 2014 #29
They are a franchised business too, so some small business people will be taking a bite. n/t DebJ Feb 2014 #22
their pizza was terrible anyway n/t JesterCS Feb 2014 #23
The one near me in Maine is fine. For some reason there may be differences between locations. ??? RBInMaine Feb 2014 #37
Mostly in mall food courts? liberal N proud Feb 2014 #26
There are some on the street in NYC Renew Deal Feb 2014 #28
When in New York, one should eat New York Pizza liberal N proud Feb 2014 #31
I agree Renew Deal Feb 2014 #39
That's sad Renew Deal Feb 2014 #27
This has everything to do with the destruction of the middle class Moliere Feb 2014 #33
Never heard of them. Sounds like that's a good thing JimDandy Feb 2014 #40
I like their spaghetti and meatballs mainer Feb 2014 #41
I saw one in Moscow in 2002. kwassa Feb 2014 #45
No Sharro Pizza for Texas? Loaded Liberal Dem Feb 2014 #46

JI7

(89,241 posts)
3. their pizza does not taste good at all, it almost has no taste to it
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:39 PM
Feb 2014

not sure how to describe it. i have gotten it about 3 years all spread out over years to see if i just had a bad slice or it was a bad location. but each time was not good.

and i'm saying this even compared to other chains including papa johns where it's not great but i could still eat it.

sbarro has always been bad.

benh57

(141 posts)
21. Nah
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 12:04 AM
Feb 2014

The new dominoes is quite tasty. Have you had it since the re-make? The sauce actually has a little kick.

So many 'haters'.

Now, i am with you on the uncooked dough though. Somtimes they bring it to me pretty un-done (i think they figure it'll cook a little more on its way in the delivery car, but it never quite does.. gotta ask them for 'well done')

wordpix

(18,652 posts)
18. I had it as airport food once and agree it's tasteless
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 10:48 PM
Feb 2014

both the salad and the spinach calzone. Tried to eat as healthy as possible but it was horrible.

brush

(53,745 posts)
24. I've had it and it's not great pizza . . .
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:00 AM
Feb 2014

you'd think that Sbarro, being a New York-based company, would know how to make tasty pizza.

Any corner pizza shop in any of the NYC boroughs puts out better pizza (I mean the thin crust, fresh from the oven, foldable to get a good mouthful, greasy, dripping with hot cheese and sold-by the slice variety) than Sbarro and any of the big national chains.

They don't even get close.

Sbarro somehow missed all of that. But Melville where they're based is on Long Island and miles from the city line. Maybe that explains it.

 

RBInMaine

(13,570 posts)
35. Too bad. The one my family and I sometimes go to in Maine is fine. And it always seems pretty busy.
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:02 AM
Feb 2014
 

JackRiddler

(24,979 posts)
44. Hard to believe what people outside New York...
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:39 PM
Feb 2014

believe is "pizza." Very sorry for all of you. Also, for me, to have to witness a subthread comparing the relative merits of Dominoes to Papa Johns to Sbarro's (we actually have that one here; never been). Need to go gag now. (Coming up next, diphteria vs. cholera!)

Maeve

(42,271 posts)
4. I think this might say more about the malls than about the pizza
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:42 PM
Feb 2014

In many areas, the malls are dying. Shopping is not the great past-time it was and the money isn't there for food court food.

 

DeSwiss

(27,137 posts)
5. Sbarfo's is closing 155 stores!?!?
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:43 PM
Feb 2014
- So why are they leaving the rest of them open???

Sbarfo's: proof that corporations can ruin even pizza. And that alone makes them evil incarnate.....

K&R

KurtNYC

(14,549 posts)
32. The margin on pizza is 90%. Cheapest thing you can make
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:28 AM
Feb 2014

3 super thin slices of pepperoni adds $1.25 or $1.50 to the price of a slice. In other words 10 cents worth of processed pork fat and connective tissue and red food dye gets sold for $1.50.

1 in 8 Americans will eat pizza today, and most of that pizza will be mediocre yet people keep coming back. Pizza is the T-ball of retail food, so easy.

If they can't make a profit selling pizza then they SHOULD quit, but possibly this is all a play to get their rents reduced (or rolled back) and get other concessions from their vendors.

sendero

(28,552 posts)
34. Bingo....
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:46 AM
Feb 2014

... and IMHO this is why they are failing. Yes, their pizza is mediocre, almost all mall food is mediocre. But they want $4 a slice for crap, people can get something better for $4.

 

HockeyMom

(14,337 posts)
6. They are the closest to NY Pizza in Florida
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:48 PM
Feb 2014

no matter what people claim. Sad. Will just have to keep making my own, when the temps are under 90 here,

 

HockeyMom

(14,337 posts)
42. Born, raised, and spent 28 years in NYC
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 06:27 PM
Feb 2014

Yes there are NONE in SW Florida. Personally, I prefer MOM AND POP Pizza in NY than what most people consider "NY Pizza", anywhere else in the US or NYC, While in Florida, I will make MY OWN. Thank you, very much. I am also an Italian American.

brush

(53,745 posts)
43. I don't have to tell you
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:09 PM
Feb 2014

Nothing like good 'ol on-the-corner NYC pizza by the slice. I'm a transplanted New Yorker myself now living in Las Vegas.

And being a New York Italian American I bet you do make a mean pizza.

Can't get good pizza here either. And the bagels — forget about it. They're just bread donuts here.

shenmue

(38,506 posts)
10. Too bad
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:08 PM
Feb 2014

There's one in my mall. I thought the food was all right, but the prices were a bit high.

I feel sorry for the people who are losing their jobs.

Left Coast2020

(2,397 posts)
11. I was just debating on whether I should try Papa J's new....
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:24 PM
Feb 2014

Cheese Burger pizza. Saw is advertised during Ed Show.

 

yeoman6987

(14,449 posts)
19. I just had Papa John's Cheeseburger Pizza
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 11:29 PM
Feb 2014

It was ok….it literally does taste like a cheeseburger. It was good but it can get overwhelming after so many pieces. Worth getting it just to try it.

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Beacool

(30,247 posts)
14. I'm sorry to hear that, more jobs lost.
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:49 PM
Feb 2014

Last edited Thu Feb 20, 2014, 02:55 AM - Edit history (1)

Ironically, just a few weeks ago, Sbarro reopened in the Hoboken Terminal. The terminal was severely damaged after Sandy and only now are the shops starting to reopen. They were even selling the train tickets from a trailer. Now the waiting room is open again and the ticket booths are back in business.

 

Warren Stupidity

(48,181 posts)
17. sbarro v papa john v pizza hut
Wed Feb 19, 2014, 10:29 PM
Feb 2014

hard to say which is the worst, although the slight hint of aroma of urine from pizza hut's pizza is unique.

Renew Deal

(81,847 posts)
29. Best to worst: 1. Sbarro, 2. Pizza Hut, 3. Papa John
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:18 AM
Feb 2014

Sharp is traditional pizza. The other two are variations on the original.

 

RBInMaine

(13,570 posts)
37. The one near me in Maine is fine. For some reason there may be differences between locations. ???
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:05 AM
Feb 2014

liberal N proud

(60,334 posts)
26. Mostly in mall food courts?
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:12 AM
Feb 2014

I thought that and airports was the only place they had outlets.

I don't think I have ever seen a brick and mortar store.

Never eaten at one.

liberal N proud

(60,334 posts)
31. When in New York, one should eat New York Pizza
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:28 AM
Feb 2014

from a neighborhood pizzeria.

No chains when visiting New York.

Renew Deal

(81,847 posts)
27. That's sad
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:14 AM
Feb 2014

The pizza isn't that bad. They were always on the expensive side, but the restaurants were big and nice.

Moliere

(285 posts)
33. This has everything to do with the destruction of the middle class
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:39 AM
Feb 2014

Been reading about how mid-range malls are suffering huge declines due to the disappearance of the middle class, leaving only dollar stores and high end malls where sbarro can't survive. Expect many more companies who sell to the middle class to face the same fate

JimDandy

(7,318 posts)
40. Never heard of them. Sounds like that's a good thing
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:28 AM
Feb 2014

judging from the comments here. Probably just an East Coast chain.

mainer

(12,018 posts)
41. I like their spaghetti and meatballs
Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:56 AM
Feb 2014

If you're at a highway rest stop, it's a healthy alternative to a burger and fries.

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