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Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:33 PM

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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Reply Sbarro Inc. pizza chain closing 155 locations, mostly in mall food courts (Original post)
Redfairen Feb 2014 OP
Timez Squarez Feb 2014 #1
marble falls Feb 2014 #2
JI7 Feb 2014 #3
wilt the stilt Feb 2014 #7
JI7 Feb 2014 #9
Kelvin Mace Feb 2014 #16
benh57 Feb 2014 #21
wordpix Feb 2014 #18
brush Feb 2014 #24
RBInMaine Feb 2014 #35
JackRiddler Feb 2014 #44
Maeve Feb 2014 #4
Brother Buzz Feb 2014 #20
Renew Deal Feb 2014 #30
DeSwiss Feb 2014 #5
KurtNYC Feb 2014 #32
sendero Feb 2014 #34
RBInMaine Feb 2014 #36
RBInMaine Feb 2014 #38
HockeyMom Feb 2014 #6
brush Feb 2014 #25
HockeyMom Feb 2014 #42
brush Feb 2014 #43
Inkfreak Feb 2014 #8
shenmue Feb 2014 #10
Left Coast2020 Feb 2014 #11
TeamPooka Feb 2014 #15
yeoman6987 Feb 2014 #19
Name removed Feb 2014 #12
TeamPooka Feb 2014 #13
Beacool Feb 2014 #14
Warren Stupidity Feb 2014 #17
Renew Deal Feb 2014 #29
DebJ Feb 2014 #22
JesterCS Feb 2014 #23
RBInMaine Feb 2014 #37
liberal N proud Feb 2014 #26
Renew Deal Feb 2014 #28
liberal N proud Feb 2014 #31
Renew Deal Feb 2014 #39
Renew Deal Feb 2014 #27
Moliere Feb 2014 #33
JimDandy Feb 2014 #40
mainer Feb 2014 #41
kwassa Feb 2014 #45
Loaded Liberal Dem Feb 2014 #46

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:35 PM

1. Is there a list of places affected?

 

There are a couple of Sbarro's around here...

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:36 PM

2. Always seemed pretty good as far as Mall Food goes.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:39 PM

3. their pizza does not taste good at all, it almost has no taste to it

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.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:57 PM

7. wow you have bad taste in pizza

 

papa John' s is basically Dominoes.

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Response to wilt the stilt (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:04 PM

9. dominoes is better than papa johns and papa johns is better than sbarro, but they all suck

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Response to wilt the stilt (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:52 PM

16. And Dominoes is basically

 

soggy cardboard with watery ketchup and white Play-dough.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 12:04 AM

21. Nah

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')

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 10:48 PM

18. I had it as airport food once and agree it's tasteless

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

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:00 AM

24. I've had it and it's not great pizza . . .

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.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:02 AM

35. Too bad. The one my family and I sometimes go to in Maine is fine. And it always seems pretty busy.

 

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:39 PM

44. Hard to believe what people outside New York...

 

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!)

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:42 PM

4. I think this might say more about the malls than about the pizza

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.

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Response to Maeve (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 11:39 PM

20. That, and the pizza market is totally saturated

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:20 AM

30. True, but not at malls

Traditionally the problem with Sbarros was the price.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:43 PM

5. Sbarfo's is closing 155 stores!?!?

 

- 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

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:28 AM

32. The margin on pizza is 90%. Cheapest thing you can make

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.

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #32)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:46 AM

34. Bingo....

... 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.

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:04 AM

36. The one near me in Maine is fine. Actually quite good. May depend on location.

 

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:06 AM

38. The one near me in Maine is fine. Maybe some differences between locations. ???

 

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:48 PM

6. They are the closest to NY Pizza in Florida

 

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

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:06 AM

25. Read post 24. Sbarro's is not close to typical NYC pizza. nt

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Response to brush (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 06:27 PM

42. Born, raised, and spent 28 years in NYC

 

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.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #42)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:09 PM

43. I don't have to tell you

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.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:03 PM

8. No pizza is bad pizza*




*except for Sbarro

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:08 PM

10. Too bad

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.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:24 PM

11. I was just debating on whether I should try Papa J's new....

Cheese Burger pizza. Saw is advertised during Ed Show.

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Response to Left Coast2020 (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:50 PM

15. Papa GOP John. I'll pass.

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Response to Left Coast2020 (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 11:29 PM

19. I just had Papa John's Cheeseburger Pizza

 

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.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:49 PM

13. They just closed one in the busiest mall in Century City CA. What's their excuse for that one? nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:49 PM

14. I'm sorry to hear that, more jobs lost.

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.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 10:29 PM

17. sbarro v papa john v pizza hut

 

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

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:18 AM

29. Best to worst: 1. Sbarro, 2. Pizza Hut, 3. Papa John

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

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 01:28 AM

22. They are a franchised business too, so some small business people will be taking a bite. n/t

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 02:34 AM

23. their pizza was terrible anyway n/t

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Response to JesterCS (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:05 AM

37. The one near me in Maine is fine. For some reason there may be differences between locations. ???

 

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:12 AM

26. Mostly in mall food courts?

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.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #26)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:15 AM

28. There are some on the street in NYC

I think I've also seen them at Atlantic City and rest stops.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:28 AM

31. When in New York, one should eat New York Pizza

from a neighborhood pizzeria.

No chains when visiting New York.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #31)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:17 AM

39. I agree

I also forgot that they are in airports

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:14 AM

27. That's sad

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

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:39 AM

33. This has everything to do with the destruction of the middle class

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

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:28 AM

40. Never heard of them. Sounds like that's a good thing

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

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:56 AM

41. I like their spaghetti and meatballs

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

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:26 PM

45. I saw one in Moscow in 2002.

I wonder if they closed it.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:30 PM

46. No Sharro Pizza for Texas?

 

Even the "blowed-up" parts?

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