The Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant on Saipan will shut its doors on March 13 after nearly five years of serving the CNMI community, Triple J Enterprises announced today, citing the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the business community.
Robert H. Jones, chairman and CEO of Triple J, said the company explored many options to counter the negative impact the pandemic.
"Unfortunately," he added, "we find that we must make some further difficult decisions and are faced with closing another restaurant temporarily."
In July last year, Triple J closed Tony Roma’s and Capricciosa on Guam.
Triple J said it will continue to monitor the economy and reopen when market conditions improve and intends to rehire staff when it does.
“We value our employees and their dedication to our company and are extremely proud of their perseverance during such unprecedented times. Our incredible team truly made an impact not only in our restaurant, but in the community, taking part in pandemic relief efforts and volunteering their time when our community needed it the most," Jones said.
"Our priority is to provide support to all affected employees to make this transition as smooth as possible and work closely with them to avail of all qualifying relief programs,” he added.
“We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all our great customers for their patronage this past five years, and the fine cooperation and assistance we have received from HS Lee Construction Company, our landlord." Jones said.
The Garapan location is the 16th international Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. to open its doors in May 2016.
The community is encouraged to visit Bubba Gump for their favorite southern comfort seafood and shrimp dishes, for dine-in or take-out, before their doors close on Saturday. Surf Club Restaurant and Great Harvest Bakery & Café will continue daily operations.