Heav'nly Donuts In Wilmington Temporarily Closes From Staffing Shortage

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WILMINGTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Some residents in Wilmington may have felt a hole in their Tuesday morning routine as Heav'nly Donuts announced the location on Main Street would be taking a hiatus from service following a critical staffing shortage.

"We would like to give our current staff a break," Heav'nly Donuts said in a Facebook post on Monday, "[We're] hoping to reopen in a few days with limited hours."

The donut chain, which began with its first location in Methuen, has been offering fresh coffee and baked goods since 1975, with over a dozen shops opening up across the Commonwealth and New Hampshire over the years.

The temporary closure comes just a day after the store put up a "Help Wanted" sign, a trend that continued throughout the summer.

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, jobs in the surrounding municipalities were up 3.9 percent from 2021 from the latest data published last month. Meanwhile state officials say that local unemployment rates dropped in nine labor areas, jumped in five, and plateaued in ten labor market areas.

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Heav'nly Donuts Owners George and Elaine Saragas said on their website that the chain aims to keep product prices low with the best service possible, and with the break, employers took an emphasis on worker welfare, avoiding overworking during a staffing shortage.

WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.

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