Atlanta Bread Company in Tupelo closed unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, and Robbie Ward reported in the Daily Journal that customers and employees were caught off guard.
An excerpt from the story:
According to employees, they were told to display a closed sign around 3:30 p.m. Remaining customers finished their meal and left as shocked employees learned they no longer had jobs.
Workers not on duty arrived as usual at 4 p.m. to pick up the week’s paychecks and learned they were jobless.
Atlanta Bread first opened in Tupelo in 2008 by franchise owners Brett Hildenbrand and Hugh “Kip” D. Tigrett III. Their company, T & H Restaurants, legally dissolved in October 2013. Hildenbrand said through email late Wednesday night that he no longer had any ownership in the franchise. Tigrett has ownership in another company, K and N Enterprises, Mississippi Secretary of State records show.