When a fire ripped through a Duluth, Minn. Wendy’s restaurant, many of the workers at the fast food franchise were prepared to have their paychecks cut off as the restaurant undergoes repairs. However, as the Duluth News Tribune reports, a few days after the fire, owner Bob Sullivan held a meeting to tell his 30-member staff some good news—they’d still be on payroll until the restaurant reopens.
“A lot of people were very relieved,” said the restaurant’s general manager, Jackie Grandi, to the newspaper. “Some people were already canceling things, because they thought they were probably going to lose their paychecks.”
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According to the report, Sullivan’s insurance policy includes loss-of-income coverage, but he doesn’t know how much compensation will be covered. Sullivan estimates that total repairs to his business will cost about $400,000. But even after the destructive and costly blaze, he doesn’t want his staff to be left in the dark. “We have a great team of people working for us, and they’ve got bills to pay like everyone else. We want to do our best to keep as many of them as we can,” Sullivan said. “It’s just the right thing to do.”