A note posted Pizza Pizza in the Entertainment Districtappears to show that its lease has been terminated.
It goes on to specify that the reason for the termination is non-payment of rent, which amounts to $10,354.56.
The Canadian pizza chain’s location is one of several restaurants that have been evicted in the last week alone.
April 16 marked the date when landlords could lock out businesses who had yet to pay the previous month’s rent. Another chain, Nando’s, has apparently been evicted from at least one of its locations as well.
Many local businesses have reported that they won’t be able to survive a few more months of economic shutdown due to the ongoing pandemic.
The federal government recently launched the Canada Commercial Rent Assistance program aimed at helping small businesses by covering their leases until June.
It’s unclear whether the government plans to help larger businesses like Pizza Pizza with rent, but it has expanded eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account to include more businesses of various sizes.