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.