Massachusetts-based pizza franchise Papa Gino shut down dozens of stores across New England on Sunday.

Dozens of tweets reported that Papa Gino's locations in the area were closed on Sunday.

Reports of workers fired by the company said 49 shops were closed.

The company, which previously had around 150 stores across New England, showed only 97 locations on its website on Sunday.

A sign at the company's Needham Street said, "This location is now closed. Thank you for your support."


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A sign on the Newton site by Papa Gino informs customers that the site has closed. Customers throughout New England reported that several locations were closed on Sundays.

"I came to my shift this morning to find the same sign on our door," said Kesley Sullivan, who worked at the Mansfield site. "I was told I should re-apply elsewhere."

WCVB approached the company to comment, but did not immediately hear from them.

A complete list of store closures was not immediately available. The company recommends that its customers review the "Open Sites Viewing" Web site.

The Dedham-based company was founded in 1961 when the chain opened its first pizzeria called Piece O & #; pizza in East Boston.

In 1968, the company changed its name to Papa Gino's and began expanding throughout Boston.

Papa Gino's Inc. is the parent company of Papa Ginos and D & # 39; Angelo Grilled Sandwiches.

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