Sbarro says it will close 155 locations in North America

NEW YORK, NY - Sbarro says it's closing 155 of its locations, mostly in mall food courts where traffic has declined.

The Melville, N.Y.-based pizza chain said Wednesday the closures affect 1,400 workers.

Jonathan Dedmon, a representative for Sbarro, says the targeted locations will close Thursday.

"The last day of business is today," he wrote in an email.

Sbarro owns 400 locations in North America. The closures do not affect 175 Sbarro locations that are owned by franchisees.

The announcement comes after the privately held company had touted a revamped pizza recipe in 2012 in hopes of boosting sales.

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