According to comments left on their Facebook page, it came as a bit of a surprise when area parents arrived at Monkey Joe’s to drop off their children and found the doors locked during posted business hours in late November. The popular spot at 4310 Shipyard Blvd. had quietly shuttered their operation, leaving kids with one less set of slides to play on.
Kelly Ronna, who handles corporate communications for the parent company, said the closing was an isolated incident.
“Monkey Joe’s is a franchise-operated organization and the closing of the Wilmington, N.C. location was decided upon by the local business owner,” she stated in an email.
Ronna didn’t rule out the possibility of opening another location in town, although no current plans exist.
“Monkey Joe’s is always looking for expansion opportunities, particularly in the Southeast, and welcomes the opportunity to speak to anyone in Wilmington area that may be interested in owning his or her own Monkey Joe’s location,” she wrote. “In the meantime, the closest Monkey Joe’s locations in North Carolina are in Raleigh, Cary and Fayetteville.”
Date posted: December 17, 2013
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