Bojangles closes branches for 2 days, workers will not be paid: reports
- Southern favorite Bojangles is due to close restaurants on August 30 and September 13.
- AP reported that workers will not be paid during closures.
- The move was a response to industry-wide labor shortages and other constraints, according to AP.
Bojangles, a North Carolina-based restaurant chain, announced Friday that its company-owned branches will close for two days. Workers will not be paid during this period, according to AP.
The company, known for its fried chicken and southern cookies, said employees had been working a lot of overtime and could use the August 30 and September 13 closures to “rest and recharge.”
AP asked Bojangles spokeswoman Stacey McCray to clarify whether staff members would be paid during closures. McCray replied that they would not.
Bojangles would offer employees the option of working overtime if they wanted, she added.
Insider attempted to contact Bojangles for comment.
Bojangles told AP the closures were “in response to industry-wide labor shortages and other pressures on its employees who have worked hard during the pandemic.”
Like many parts of the United States, North Carolina appears to be hit hard by the labor shortage. As Insider’s Grace Dean reported on Thursday, a McDonald’s branch in the state closed its dining hall because it couldn’t find enough staff.
According to The News & Observer newspaper, the impact of the labor shortage is being felt in some North Carolina distribution centers, factories and construction sites.
One of the reasons for this is that recruiting companies that supplement and hire temporary workers or contractors are struggling to fill positions in the region, the newspaper reported.
Bojangles has been around since 1977 and has become a cult favorite over the years. It operates in 768 sites in 452 cities, according to data from its website.
Although most of the locations are in the southern United States, it began aggressive expansion in 2018, Insider previously reported. Around this time, the company’s shares fell before climbing back to its highest price that year.
The chain sought to reinvent itself with a new fried chicken sandwich, as Rachel Askinasi of Insider recently reported. Earlier this month, a New York-based Bojangles food truck allowed more people to try its chicken dishes.