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Popular pizza chain quietly shuts down

Supplied Editorial Hey Bianca pizza moves to Brighton, South Australia, for Bites
Hey Bianca pizza has quietly shut its stores and online delivery service in Adelaide. Image supplied.

An Adelaide pizza chain has shut its stores and online delivery service with the business now marked “permanently closed” on Google.

Hey Bianca Pizza first opened its hole in the wall stores in 2017, operating in the Adelaide CBD, Brighton and West Beach.

The SA favourite served Neapolitan pizzas using a three day fermented dough.

But in the last week, the business has shut down its stores, online service and social media pages.

Supplied Editorial Hey Bianca pizza moves to Brighton, South Australia, for Bites
The store is marked permanently closed on Google.

Customers received a message from the business which said they had “unfortunately left the building.”

“It’s been a fun ride, and we appreciate you being us (sic) customer for a day, a year or a lifer from the very beginning,” the message, shared with the Adelaide Advertiser, read.

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Data from ASIC released on Monday shows insolvency rates in Australia’s accommodation and food services sector were second only to the embattled construction industry over the last financial year.

The shock closure comes days after another pizza chain in Tasmania closed two of its stores due to “incredibly tough economic conditions” and rising costs.

The owners of Wiseguise pizza said in a statement that despite their efforts, that two of its regional stores in Burnie and Davenport had struggled to remain viable, while their other stores would remain open.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the immediate closure of our pizza stores in Burnie and Devonport,” the statement said.

“Unfortunately due to incredibly tough economic conditions along with the rising costs of running a family business we have had to make this difficult decision.

Supplied Editorial Hey Bianca pizza moves to Brighton, South Australia, for Bites
An independent pizza chain in Tasmania was also forced to close two of its stores due to rising costs.

“Despite all our efforts, recent times have shown a constant decline and while the three original stores continue to perform well, the stores on the coast struggle to remain viable.

“Naturally we are devastated by this outcome, especially for our amazing WiseGuise team on the coast, and we want to take this opportunity to express a heartfelt thank you to them.”

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Skyrocketing costs have seen popular eateries around the country shut down in recent times, or scale back their operations in order to be viable. Picture: Supplied

Skyrocketing costs have seen the closure of other popular eateries around the country, with others scaling back their operations.

Sydney restaurants Redbird and Tequila Daisy announced their closures in May.

A bakery chain in Brisbane, Flour & Chocolate Pattissserie, announced it would stop selling sandwiches at its store to cut back on “skyrocketing” costs.

Two Perth cafes also blamed rising costs for their closure.

Supplied Editorial Hey Bianca pizza moves to Brighton, South Australia, for Bites
The accommodation and food services industry had the second-highest insolvency rates behind the construction industry, according to ASIC.

Restaurant and Catering Australia chief executive officer Suresh Manickam told Bloomberg that increasing costs and consumers spending more cautiously had pushed restaurants to the brink.

“There are multiple challenges at the moment,” he said.

“Almost every single input that goes into doing business is rising.”