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Monkey Joe's in Cary closes

Posted November 12, 2014

Courtesy: Facebook

The Monkey Joe's in Cary closed on Sunday, a surprise to families that had planned birthday parties and other events there.

On Tuesday evening, a voice mail message at the business, popular for its collection of inflatables and other activities, said that it was closed for business and thanked customers for their loyalty. On the business' Facebook page, several fans ask if it's actually closed, but haven't gotten a response.

"Is it true you are closing???? We are so very sad!!!!" wrote one Facebook fan on Sunday.

"Don't be sad. The kids who had parties [scheduled] and parents who cannot get deposits back should be sad," responded another.

According to an employee who was cleaning up the spot on Walnut Street in Cary on Wednesday afternoon, the store closed at the end of the business day on Sunday. Donna, who wouldn't give her last name, said that the Raleigh Monkey Joe's location would be calling people who have parties booked to accommodate them.

A press release from Monkey Joe's states that the business closed Sunday "due to personal reasons by the local franchise owner."

Customers with Frequent User Cards can now use their cards at the seven other Monkey Joe's locations in North Carolina in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Pineville, Matthews, Greensboro and Charlotte, it says.

Melanie Kirchhoff, an employee at the Raleigh location, was going through paperwork that the Cary store left with them to contact customers with booked parties starting with those that are scheduled as soon as this weekend or earlier.

The two businesses are franchises of a national chain and are under different ownership. Kirchhoff said that the Raleigh location will be offering Cary customers discounts and will work to reschedule their parties at the Raleigh location on Glenwood Avenue. Because the two businesses have different owners, the Raleigh location can't refund deposits.

"We're trying to help out any way that we can," Kirchhoff said. "I know this is a shock for everybody. We don't want any of the children to be upset. We're trying to fit everybody in as best we can."

A Monkey Joe's representative suggested customers contact the corporate office if they have questions.

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  • sam5 Nov 13, 2014

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    I know, right? All a business owner would have had to do is invest in pretty much any stock index when Obama took office -- they'd be up 100%. Maybe it's the plummeting unemployment making it harder to find willing workers? Any other theories?

  • Salatheal Hasty Nov 13, 2014
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    All of you ignorant fools...Oh that's Bush's fault..

  • xylem01 Nov 13, 2014

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    OK. We all get it here that you are bitter with Obama and want to blame every chipped nail and imbedded hair follicle on him and CRY OUT LOUD when something does not go YOUR way. However, the franchise owner closed the business DUE TO PERSONAL reasons. I'm pretty sure those PERSONAL reasons are not because of Obama. Here's a tid-bit. GO GET A LIFE and quit whinning!

  • Betty Lanier Nov 13, 2014
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    He killed the economy? It was in pretty bad shape when he became President, So please explain how it is worse now than in 2009?

  • Thomas Fenske Nov 13, 2014
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    In a reputable business, the deposits for parties should be held aside from normal business proceeds, pretty much a liability on the books until the party is held and the rest of the charges are paid. THEN it becomes income. When a business like this closes for whatever reason, those refunds should be available and provided ASAP. If they aren't, it isn't just a sad situation, it is basically theft.

  • Kyle Clarkson Nov 13, 2014
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    Yes, same with the gas prices the lowest in 9 years.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 13, 2014

    I burnt my tongue on hot coffee this morning. Obama!!!!!

  • Tim Kelly Nov 13, 2014
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    Sorry, but the economy was already DOA once your boy was through with it back in '09. It's a miracle that we have recovered as much as we have since.

    Go back to reading your fanboy books on "trickle-down economics."

  • Maxiiie Nov 13, 2014

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    Hes not ill. Chill with that idiocy . Don't make speculations about someone when you clearly have no idea. And please don't start things that are not true. Thanks.

  • jhilfiker2001 Nov 13, 2014

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    You sound like a mom!

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