MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Shed Barbeque and Blues joint on Old Shell Road in Mobile shut its doors for good Tuesday, August 20 without giving employees any notice.
Marketing Director of The Shed Linda Orrison said the owners found out about some unacceptable business practices Sunday, August 18. Two days later, the business closed.
“It was abrupt for us, but there were things that happened there that we had to shut down immediately,” Orrison said.
FOX10 News questioned the owners about the reasons for immediately shutting down but they would not give us any specifics, and only said it was “necessary” to close.
Former employees told FOX10 News they didn’t know they’d be out of a job until they showed up to work Tuesday.
“A lot of them, this was the only job they had. Not high paying jobs but at least they were jobs," said a former employee who asked to remain anonymous.
Orrison said management was at the Old Shell location Tuesday afternoon speaking with employees about the business shutting down. She said all 20 employees “showed up and they were all spoken to as far as we know.”
The owners said the former employees will receive severance pay for two weeks plus the week they worked.
Instead of opening another location, The Shed will be expanding its location in Ocean Springs.
“We’re sorry it had to happen that way but it was very necessary,” Orrison said.
Business owed taxes
In addition to the closing of the business, FOX10 News noticed a sign hanging on The Shed’s door in Mobile Wednesday.
The sign reads: “The personal property on the premises is being held subject to further orders of the Revenue Commissioner of Mobile County, Alabama. Said property is subject to delinquent tax Lien for Ad Valorem Tax.”
Brad Orrison with The Shed said there were no taxes due but when FOX10 News spoke with the Revenue Commission, a spokesperson said the business which opened in 2010, “never reported the personal property”.
Therefore, the revenue commissioner is bound to hang sings if a business closes.
Thursday, the commission said The Shed paid all their taxes and were in good standing.
The commission added The Shed was not closed by the Mobile County Revenue Commission.
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