PORTLAND, Maine — Tim Hortons has closed at least six of its restaurants around the state, though it’s not clear how many people have lost their jobs with the move.

Timothy Sardano, a special projects manager with the Maine Department of Labor, said the department is aware of two locations that closed in South Portland, two in Auburn and two others, in Lewiston and Augusta.

The Times Record also reported that a franchise in Topsham closed.

The stores in Auburn both included Pizza Hut locations, which also are closed.

“At this stage we don’t have a count of impacted employees from these locations,” Sardano said in an email Thursday.

Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, reported Wednesday that the company confirmed it decided to close locations in Maine and New York, though the station had only confirmed two store closures.

The state’s Department of Labor announced Thursday that it had arranged Rapid Response teams at various locations to assist people who have lost their jobs.

Tim Hortons is owned by the same investors behind fast-food chain Burger King. Restaurant Brands Inc. acquired Tim Hortons last year in a $11.1 billion deal.

Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.