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Bertucci's abruptly closes doors at western Massachusetts locations

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Former Bertucci's on Riverdale Street in West Springfield  (Western Mass News Photo) Former Bertucci's on Riverdale Street in West Springfield (Western Mass News Photo)
LONGMEADOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A popular restaurant chain has closed its doors to several locations in western Massachusetts.

Bertucci's announced they would be closing 15 locations just hours before filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. 

The locations in Longmeadow, Amherst, and West Springfield shut their doors for good on Monday.

Zach Benoit worked at the Longmeadow Bertucci's serving up Italian favorites for the past three years.

Just as soon as the chain restaurant filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Benoit found out he lost his job in the most unsettling way.

"I went onto Facebook and I read a chef's post about us closing, and that's kind of how I figured it out," said Benoit. 

Benoit said he heard that Bertucci's would be closing some of its locations, but just two days ago was assured Longmeadow would stay open and that was clearly not the case.

"I was told on Saturday that our branch would be fine, that we wouldn't have to get another job or anything like that. Then wake up yesterday morning and I don't have a job," said Benoit. 

Benoit told Western Mass News he got word they were closing before his shift, but others were not so lucky.

"I heard a couple people showed up to work and the sign was being taken down," he added.
 
Benoit wishes the company handled delivering the ugly news with a little more tact, but said this is the nature of the restaurant business.
 
"It was quick, it was really quick. I just feel bad for some of the people that has things going on in their homes that could have used the extra two weeks to prepare for this," he continued. 

Western Mass News was told by a company spokesperson they are assisting employees who were let go by finding them jobs in the area, or they can relocate to other Bertucci's locations.

59 Bertucci's locations remain open, 29 of which are in Massachusetts. You can check out a list of their remaining locations by clicking here.

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