Lowell Hawthorne, the founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, reportedly shot and killed himself in his Bronx factory on Saturday (Dec. 2). He was 57.
Report the New York Daily News:
Lowell Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the Park Ave. building near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m., sources said.
More than a dozen current and former employees stood in disbelief outside the factory hours later. Some had tears rolling down their cheeks.
“He was a good boss, humble and a good businessman,” said Pete Tee, 27, a former employee.
“He never seemed sad. This is just terrible news right now.”
Hawthorne opened the first Golden Krust store on E. Gun Hill Rd. in 1989.
Born in Jamaica, Howell’s Golden Krust has more than 120 restaurants in 9 states and is touted as the first Caribbean-owned business to be granted a franchise license in the U.S.
Rest in power Lowell Hawthorne.
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