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Closing Time at the Pub

Piccadilly Pub closes its doors for good after 30 years in Tewksbury.

Route 38 in Tewksbury, already speckled with vacant retail properties and storefronts, has just lost another prominent longtime business.

, a staple of Main Street for nearly 30 years, has closed effective immediately.

Staff members arriving for their shifts Monday morning were informed that the restaurant was closed.

According to Piccadilly Pub spokesman Jim Taylor, there was no advanced notice given to any of the restaurant's 30 employees.

"We have transferred all of the members of the management team and we have offered positions to the rest of the staff at our other locations," said Taylor.

Piccadilly Pub is also closing its Randolph location. The chain, which began in Westboro in 1975, now has nine restaurants, all in Massachusetts. The closest to Tewksbury is in North Reading.

According to Taylor, the closings were a reflection of the weak economy.

Piccadilly Pub's corporate offices are located in Boston. The company does not own the building or property in Tewksbury. That parcel is actually still owned by Bill Martin and Jon Klaucke, the founders of the Piccadilly Pub chain. They sold the business several years ago.

Martin and Klaucke could not be immediately reached for comment. Taylor did not know what was planned for the property.

"I feel badly about this, personally," said Taylor. "I've been with the company 28 years and Tewksbury was the first one I worked at."

The landmark Piccadilly Pub sign has messages on both sides, indicating that the restaurant is closed. There is also a one sheet letter on the door, informing the public that the restaurant is closed permanently, as of May 2, and inviting customers to visit the North Reading restaurant.

The letter also stated that any coupons or gift cards will be honored at any of the Piccadilly Pub locations.

SBZZ July 29, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I so agree!!!
scott November 14, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Hi, I live in Lowell, which has its own issues lol, I can only add I went here once probably 2 years ago, and I didn't think this place had much going for it and it was a matter of time before it went under. The location is awful, the food was soaked in too much cheese with a very bad menu, and the decor was less then new. It looked very dirty, has did the surroundings. I thought it needed a rescue from the 1980's. And that's just a honest opinion of a foodie. Have been to many restaurants all over New England, I don't think there was a effort made , a honest effort, to revamp this place by management. It needed a serious update right down to the sign outside. I don't think its right to blame the economy, people go out to eat.... a lot... Good restaurants are always packed in any economy, route 38 is a eyesore in areas. Its all about a town making u feel welcome, everything has a cause and effect, I think Tewksbury needs to make a serious effort to cut out the blight in areas like this, has it would go a long way in helping its own economy, and the economy of it's local buisness. Its hard to compete with areas like the pheasant lane mall or the burlington mall which are close, which is something that has to be considered. Where there is a will there's a way, I don't think there was any will, very similar to the Novel Cafe closing.
David Branga February 11, 2012 at 10:32 PM
And now the North Reading location!
paula drews February 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
All of them...poor corporate business practice
K Reynolds February 12, 2012 at 03:28 AM
It isn't poor business practice as much as poor economy and social circumstance. The Pub was a mediocre restaurant, so can't blame the owners for selling out. They couldn't survive the so-so economy. The only establishments that thrive are the high-end restaurants like Flemings or Ruth's Chris, and the low-end chains like McD's ... middle of the roads like the Pub and Friendly's won't do so well, because their customer base is the middle class, which is unprotected.

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