Angie King is a well-respected name in the car community. She not only has fine taste in automobiles, but she really knows how to drive them as well.
King is also a businesswoman, and a member of the family that owns the Victoria Court chain of motels. You can see the famous logo of the chain on her purple Ferrari 488 Challenge when she would race abroad.
But as the COVID-19 crisis hit, several industries were severely disrupted, and one of this was the motel and hotel industry that King operates in. In a video, she reaches out to her employees to give them a grim announcement. Here is her statement:
“To my dearest employees, it deeply saddens me to have to record this video. As many of you know by now, we are facing unprecedented times in this world. This COVID virus has really decimated all facets of life. As much as I have been trying to extend a helping hand to each and every one of you over these past few months. It is with a heavy heart that I now have to make a life-changing decision that will affect us all.
“Over the next few weeks, I don't think that hotel and motel operations will be able to produce the same results as how we used to. It is time that we face the facts and be honest, and try to prepare for what's coming. Even though we have been accepting OFWs, BPOs, and maritime crew. It is still not enough for the business to sustain itself, and take care of all of us. We all have to go into survival mode. It is better for us to prepare for this now, rather than ignore it.
“Over the next few weeks, we will be preparing your retirement and retrenchment packages, so that you will have some funds to survive over the next few months. Please don't think that we have come to this decision lightly. It was a great difficulty. I want to let you know that we value, all your hard work and loyalty, that you have given during my management. And I really wish there was another way to go about this.
“For now, I have to advise you to please look for another job to support yourself and your family during these tough times. And when the business does reopen again, you'll be the first ones that we call back. I want to say please, stay safe, stay healthy, stay hopeful. I want to wish everyone the best of luck. This is your CEO signing out.”
But not all Victoria Court branches are closing. Apparently, the chain is managed by Angie King and her brother, Atticus King, and the latter will keep his branches open—albeit with some retrenchment of personnel. Atticus King also made this clarification in a quick video he posted on social media.
The toll this pandemic is taking isn’t over. Let’s stay safe and indoors, and pray things get better for everyone.