Cornwall Domino’s folds

Except for a pop cooler, the storefront is almost bare inside this Domino's location in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The store closed on Christmas Eve. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Update 1 p.m. January 4, 2017: Please see the following story: Domino’s apologizes for error over Cornwall franchise

CORNWALL – People looking to order pizza at one local chain got a pre-Christmas surprise…and not in a good way.

Domino’s Pizza on Pitt Street closed its doors permanently on Dec. 24, 2016 at the location in a strip mall on the corner of Tollgate Road.

In an email to Cornwall Newswatch, Tim McIntyre, executive vice president of communications for Domino’s Pizza Inc., said the franchisee’s contract was terminated by Domino’s Pizza Canada due to a financial default (non-payment of bills).

Domino’s Pizza Canada is an independent company in Windsor, Ont. while the American counterpart is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DPZ).

A letter in the store window at 1916 Pitt Street informs potential customers that the owners are “hoping to open a brand new location in Cornwall within the next few months.”

Exactly how many people worked at the store was not available. However, McIntyre suggested a small, lower sales volume store would have around 10-15 employees, mostly part-time.

A letter in the window of the Cornwall Domino’s location on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 informs customers that they hope to reopen in a few months. The pizza place closed on Christmas Eve. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)