Sonic Employees Caught Off Guard with Sudden Closure

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than a dozen restaurant workers in St. Albans are suddenly without a job. Sonic closed Tuesday with no warning.

“They got the best onion rings around,” Anne Molten, a Sonic customer, said.

Molten will now have to place that order somewhere else. She came to Sonic for lunch, and the only sign posted was one stating the restaurant was out of ice cream.

“I see there's no ice cream, and I’m like "what's going on?" Molten said.

Employees are asking the same question.

“I was just told to come in this morning and bring my key; they were shutting the store down,” employee Joseph Sargent said.

“I came in here to open at seven this morning. All the lights were on,” Jessica Thompson, a manager, said.

With no explanation, she was told the restaurant is closing. She and a dozen other workers are now unexpectedly unemployed.

“I have a 17-month-old, no notice. What are you supposed to do with families?” Thompson said.

Thompson says she knew there were problems.

“We have not had a business license at this location since 2009,” she said.

However, it's unclear if that's the reason for closing.

Other employees were under the impression that everything was fine.

“It's football season. Business has picked up. We've been busy every Friday night -- bringing in a lot of money,” Sargent said. has not been able to track down the owner to ask for an explanation.

Some of the workers have already filed for unemployment and are searching for new jobs.

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