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Upper Crust franchisees cutting ties

PLYMOUTH — When Al Carvelli recently dismantled the Upper Crust sign outside his pizza shop here, the former franchisee felt a sense of relief.

Carvelli bought the store in 2010 with plans to have fun and make money at the popular gourmet pizza chain that had rapidly expanded across the region. But tough economic times and bad publicity from accusations that Upper Crust executives exploited workers at other stores had the opposite effect.

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