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Can Koffee Kup be reopened?

Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2021 at 6:38 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says several private parties are exploring whether anything can be done to reopen the shuttered Koffee Kup Bakery.

He says the Vermont Employee Ownership Center is exploring a worker-owned cooperative model for Koffee Kup.

The bakery, which opened in 1940, shut down on Monday, leaving workers stunned and jobless.

The mayor says it’s a loss for the community.

“Koffee Kup has been a mainstay here going back for many decades now and a lot of effort is being made by multiple people to see if somehow this can be revived,” said Weinberger, D-Burlington.

Some 150 people lost their jobs at the Burlington company.

The mayor says some of those employees have already found work and the city is offering help to other impacted employees.

Labor lawyers now want to know if the company broke the law.

The Warn Act requires employers to alert the state 45 days before closing their doors, but Koffee Kup just told the state on Monday.

There are exemptions to the Warn Act, so now Vermont Labor Department lawyers are in contact with Koffee Kup to determine if it fully complied with the law.

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