AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Labor is offering two sessions for employees put out of work when the Tim Hortons restaurants in Augusta and South Portland closed abruptly.

Workers who have lost their jobs may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits and other services.

“We don’t know how many there are, so we are putting out a release,” Julie Rabinowitz, director of Policy, Operations and Communication for the Maine Department of Labor, said Wednesday. The department was not notified in advance of the closure of the Western Avenue location in Augusta.

The Augusta session is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Monday at the Augusta CareerCenter at 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2. The South Portland session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Greater Portland CareerCenter at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland.

The Department of Labor assists employers and employees with information about their rights, responsibilities and obligations during a closure or downsizing to safeguard the economic stability of workers and the surrounding community.

Attempts to reach the company Wednesday weren’t immediately successful.

This is the second closure of a Tim Hortons in Augusta. The restaurant on Bangor Street closed in 2013.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

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Twitter: @JLowellKJ

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