SAN DIEGO--Sixty-two Pizza Hut units in San Diego County that were closed abrubtly on May 27, reopened on May 30 in time for lunch.
According to multiple press reports, franchisee RLLW Inc. had let its state-mandated worker's compensation insurance lapse, which forced the closings. A report on KFMBTV.com said the franchisee was fined $18,000 on May 21 for not having the insurance, and was told to cease operating until it was renewed. The company is now facing charges related to the insurance lapse; an arraingment is scheduled for June 17.
RLLW Inc. also is being sued by San Diego County's deputy district attorney for allegedly adding an energy surcharge to customers' orders without telling them (see Calif. Pizza Hut operator faces fines for charging energy fee).