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Two out, two on
Even as Hollywood Video workers eyed an end to their jobs and Pizza Factory employees were put out of work, construction started last week on a Sequim Taco Bell at East Washington and East Hammond streets. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Home entertainment in Sequim is taking hard hits as Pizza Factory, 1400 W. Washington St., closed on April 18, and Hollywood Video seems to be next.
Employees for the struggling video chain store at 755 W. Washington St. confirmed to customers that the business would close, but a date hasn’t been set.
The store’s movies, video games and remaining products will go on sale in the next few weeks as part of liquidation, an employee said.
Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video’s parent company based in Wilsonville, Ore., could not be reached for comment.
The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Feb. 2, to restructure its debt while continuing to operate.
Port Orchard open
The closest Hollywood Video that is expected to stay open is in Port Orchard at 3475 Bethell Road.
Employees at Hollywood Videos in Bremerton, Poulsbo and a second store in Port Orchard confirmed that all three branches would close along with Sequim’s.
Hollywood Video was open in Sequim for nine years and one of two physical stores, along with Safeway, to rent movies. Now rentals are available only at Safeway and three Redbox rental machines at QFC, Walgreens and Walmart.
Sequim’s Pizza Factory closing on April 18 was an isolated incident, said Ron Ray, Pizza Factory Washington state corporate consultant.
“It was a banking problem,” Ray said.
Franchisers John and Joyce White opened the business Dec. 13, 2006. They sold the business on May 20, 2009, to Aaron and Cynthia Ariza.
“(Aaron) was an excellent operator,” Ray said.
“He was doing well and on his way, but some bank issues occurred. I’d love for him to run another store in the future.”
The Arizas could not be reached for comment.
Store could reopen
The nearest Pizza Factory in Port Townsend is not closing. It is not affiliated with Sequim’s store, Ray said.
Each store is independently owned and pays franchise fees to Pizza Factory.
The franchise could stay in Sequim if another franchiser stepped up, Ray said. He guessed six or seven employees were affected by the closure.
Pizza Factory is based in California and has 14 stores in Washington and 121 in seven states.
Those interested in franchising can contact Pizza Factory at 800-654-4840 or through www.pizzafactory.com.
Taco Bell breaks ground
Orchard Foods of Silverdale, a franchise of Taco Bell and KFC, will open its new restaurant tentatively set for completion in mid-to-late August.
Master Construction Corp. from Seattle is building the Taco Bell with an estimated cost of more than $225,000.
Reach Matthew Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org