LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Steel City Pops is closing all of its Kentucky locations, citing a “difficult economic cycle” and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the gourmet popsicle company laid off all of its hourly employees. The company also furloughed employees last year, but was able to bring them back thanks to the Paycheck Protection Program loan.
“Unfortunately, we are closing the majority of our stores, moving out of Kentucky and laying off most of the team,” Steel City Pops CEO Mike Elhaj said in a letter to employees obtained by WDRB News on Tuesday.
Elhaj said the decision was not taken lightly.
“We don’t do this lightly but out of necessity,” he said in the letter. “Without this difficult choice, SCP goes completely (sic).
“With this, we have a chance to survive, to be able to come back stronger next year and hopefully re-engage with many of you who have worked so long and hard.”
In Louisville, the popsicle company was located at St. Matthews and Bardstown Road. The company also had a location in Lexington and pop-up stores in Norton Commons.
Steel City Pops also has locations in Alabama and Texas.
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