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Marco’s Pizza in Hesperia Shuts Down Abruptly, Leaving Employees Jobless

HESPERIA, Calif.( – Without warning, the local Marco’s Pizza restaurant in Hesperia closed its doors on January 18, 2024, resulting in an unexpected job loss for its staff.

Employees report receiving text messages informing them of the shutdown the same morning.

The shutdown of the Main Street Hesperia establishment at 13368 Main St, was made public through a Facebook post by a former employee who expressed sadness over the closure.

Kailah J Peatry, a former employee, shared her disappointment in the Victor Valley News group on Facebook, stating, “It was a pleasure serving our guests and meeting everyone.”

Amidst reactions to the post, Leann Owensby noted the correlation between rising minimum wages and businesses shuttering, “With the minimum wage going up I see a lot of places cutting back or closing doors.”

California recently set its minimum wage to $16.00 per hour for all employers, marking it as one of the highest across the nation. Furthermore, a surge to $20 per hour for fast-food workers is expected to take effect on April 1, 2024, according to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations.

This increase is a move by the state’s Democratic leaders to acknowledge the financial struggles of many low-income households that depend on such jobs.

Marco’s Pizza shut down quietly when a note was put up on the door. The note thanked the staff and customers and said that the pizza place was closed for good starting January 18, 2024.

Additional reports have mentioned the owner’s decision to close not only this Marco’s Pizza location but three others, purportedly due to underperformance.

This Marco’s Pizza site’s fate echoes a similar narrative unfolding with employees at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Hesperia, who claim to have not received wages for an entire month. However, Dickey’s stayed open and underwent a change in management in early December.

Efforts to reach the Marco’s Pizza Hesperia store owner for comments were unsuccessful since the establishment’s automated answering system suggests a temporary closure, asking for callers to check back in the future for a potential reopening.

Marco's Pizza plan to open in Hesperia in May.
Marco’s Pizza plan to open in Hesperia in May.

VVNG had reported on this particular Marco’s Pizza’s initial opening in 2019. The location was a new addition to the Aldi shopping center on Main Street and Escondido Avenue, and the company aimed to employ approximately 40 people, ranging from managers to delivery drivers. The current tally of employees affected by this sudden closure remains unclear.

With no immediate additional information available, the community and former staff of Marco’s Pizza face an uncertain future.

RELATED 2019 ARTICLE: Marco’s Pizza plans to open in Hesperia on Main Street

RELATED DICKEY’S ARTICLE: Dickey’s Employees in Hesperia Speak Out Against Unpaid Wages By Former Owner

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