Papa Murphy’s, a take ‘n’ bake pizza restaurant in Hastings, closed July 9 with no notice, leaving its surprised customers to find out they were no longer in business.
Customer Jim Gilbert said the only way he found out was from the manager of the store on Tuesday when he was picking up a pizza that he had ordered online. “It saddens me as they produced a quality product,” Gilbert said.
The business, at 1450 West M-43 Highway, specialized in pizzas home-made in the store and baked at home. They offered salads, appetizers and dozens of different pizza combinations and delivery to Hastings area customers.
Papa Murphy’s corporate headquarters in Vancouver Washington responded to an e-mail asking for comment, saying: “It's always a tough decision and a disappointment to close a store, but we hope to be open near you again in the future, serving up fresh pizza to our fans!”
According to its website, there are Papa Murphy stores in Plainwell, Jenison, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Holland, Kentwood, Kalamazoo and Walker and many more in more distant locations.
Papa Murphy’s, a take ‘n’ bake pizza restaurant chain, is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States, with more than 1,500 locations, its website said.