A popular indoor water park and resort in Waterbury is closing and more than 100 people are expected to lose their jobs.
CoCo Key Water Resort on East Main Street has been a staple for years. The hotel has been open since the 80s and the water park opened in 2008.
"I couldn't believe it and I mean I don't know what I'm going to do now,” Heather Russo, of Waterbury, said. “I'm looking for a job."
The owners said they decided the business was just too stressful to maintain and it was time to move on.
"It wasn't easy breaking it to them, you know? It was definitely rough,” Gary Gill, who is the Coco Key owner's son, said. “How do you let someone know they're not going to have a job?"
The Restaurant Depot will take over the 16 acre property. In February, the wholesale food service provider bought the property at auction for nearly $5.5 million.
In a statement to Eyewitness News, Restaurant Depot COO Larry Cohen said "we have been looking for a location in Waterbury for a few years now and we think we found a great location that is easy to find and very accessible...We look forward to a successful relationship with the city and our Waterbury patrons for years to come."
Now with just a few weeks until the final day, employees said they were reminiscing about the good times and wondering what the future holds.
If a person has a gift certificate for Coco Key Water Resort, they will be able to get your money back.
The water park will officially shut its doors on May 1.
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