The Pie Five Pizza Co. in the College Park District has closed, according to a message sent to email subscribers Wednesday afternoon.
Koreyton Evans, former assistant manager/shift lead, said he didn't know he was out of a job until Wednesday morning, when Pie Five Pizza Co. closed.
That morning, the owner, Nathan Cage, sent an email announcing the store's closure, about 30 minutes before Evans clocked in to work at 9 a.m., he said.
The email stated the location was permanently closed and all positions would be eliminated.
"They waited 'til the day of to tell us that we didn't have a job," Evans said. "People have bills to pay."
According to the email, the location had to close because of unforeseen circumstances.
“Our time was very memorable and we hold not only the community, but all of our customers very near and dear to our hearts,” the email read.
University Center director David Albart said the owners told him they would be temporarily closing down for renovations. However, the email indicates they are closing down for good, he said.
Albart said some businesses have struggled at UTA because they were operated by people new to the food industry. However, he said chains such as Panera Bread, Texadelphia and Pie Five Pizza Co. seemed to be doing well.
“I was just in [Pie Five Pizza Co.] two days ago and it was busy,” said Albart. “No indication to me that things weren’t going well.”
Customers can redeem gift cards or promotional coupons at other locations, according to the email sent by Pie Five Pizza Co.
Madeleine Webb, advertising and public relations senior, said she has a restrictive diet and Pie Five Pizza Co. was one of the only places on campus where she could easily customize her food.
"Not having that makes it difficult for me to eat [at the College Park District], and I probably won't eat here as often," she said. "That makes me sad. I liked it."
Webb said Pie Five Pizza Co. also provided alternative options for vegans, vegetarians and people prone to allergies such as offering a cauliflower crust or gluten-free options.
"I'm, like, devastated," she said.
Biology junior Joseph Mouris said the news disappointed him.
"I just regret not going as often," he said.
He said UTA should bring another pizza place for the students, since Pie Five Pizza Co. was the only place near campus to grab a slice.
Pie Five Pizza Co. opened at UTA in Aug. 2012.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information is made available.
News editor Brian Lopez and associate news editor Amanda Padilla contributed to this article.