All company-owned stores will close August 30 and September 13 to allow 8,000 staff members and managers time off, the company said in a statement.
The restaurant chain, with locations throughout the Southeast, is taking this step in response to industry-wide labor shortages and “other stresses put on its employees who’ve worked hard through the pandemic,” the company noted.
“We appreciate everything our dedicated team has done for Bojangles this past year,” Bojangles CEO Jose Armario said.
“From navigating a global pandemic to adjusting to new safety measures to picking up shifts for those unable to come in for work, we’ve asked, and they’ve delivered. But this hasn’t been easy, and we know many people are physically and emotionally drained, so we hope these extra two days off will provide rest and refreshment.”
But due to the rapid and omnipresent spread of the Delta coronavirus variant, Covid-19 cases have been surging throughout the country.
Armario said he hopes customers will visit when stores are open.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this creates for our customers, but we hope they’ll stop by Tuesday through Sunday, and all other Mondays to be greeted with the same Southern hospitality and smiles we’re known for — perhaps even bigger after a day off,” Armario said.
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