After 23 years serving its classic XL slices of authentic New York style pizza, Sbarro is closing its historic store in Times Square. Sbarro cited failed efforts to negotiate an extension of the lease on acceptable terms with the landlord following the lease expiration on June 30, 2019.
“It’s very disappointing that we were unable to negotiate a long-term extension of our lease at our Times Square location” says David Karam, Sbarro CEO. “This store has been an important part of our heritage since Carmella and Gennaro Sbarro opened it in 1996. New York remains an important part of our brand which is reflected in the 17 eateries that we currently operate in the state. These include two of our newest locations opened within the past thirty days at South Shore Mall in Long Island and Colonie Center in Albany. Sbarro will open over 50 new restaurants worldwide in 2019 and we are actively searching for a replacement site in the Times Square area. We are grateful to the millions of customers and to our dedicated employees who have served them over the past 23 years at the Times Square store.”