Steel City Pops Shuts Kentucky Stores Citing ‘Tough Business Cycle’ | News

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Steel City Pops is shutting down all of its Kentucky sites, citing a “tough economic cycle” and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the gourmet popsicle company laid off all of its hourly workers. The company also put employees on leave last year, but was able to bring them back using the paycheck protection program loan.

“Unfortunately, we are closing the majority of our stores, moving out of Kentucky and laying off most of the team,” Steel City Pops CEO Mike Elhaj said in a letter to employees obtained Tuesday by WDRB News.

Elhaj said the decision was not taken lightly.

“We are not doing this lightly but out of necessity,” he said in the letter. “Without this difficult choice, SCP is completely gone (sic).

“With that we have a chance to survive, to be able to come back stronger next year, and hopefully re-engage with many of you who have worked so long and hard.”

In Louisville, the popsicle business was located at St. Matthews and Bardstown Road. The company also had a location in Lexington and pop-up stores in Norton Commons.

Steel City Pops also has branches in Alabama and Texas.

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