6 Burger Kings in Central Ohio close shop

Six restaurants in Central Ohio, owned by Frank Lorch and Lorch, Inc., were closed by the franchisee, according to a statement Burger King Corp. released Monday evening. Lorch did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

The Advocate
October 12, 2004

6 Burger Kings in Central Ohio close shop
Jason Main

NEWARK — Customers of Burger King, which urges diners to "Have it your way," won't be having it any way at all locally, at least not for the time being.

Six restaurants in Central Ohio, owned by Frank Lorch and Lorch, Inc., were closed by the franchisee, according to a statement Burger King Corp. released Monday evening. Lorch did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

The closings affected single locations in Heath, Newark, Buckeye Lake and Coshocton and two restaurants in Zanesville. The company said it intends to reopen several of the restaurants.

Some area residents were saddened by the news.

"We eat there all the time," said Joe Canale, 70, of Newark. "I just am heartbroken because they had such a quality product."

Others did not seem to care much.

"I don't eat at Burger King much, an occasional Whopper now and then," said Greg Carr, 19, of Heath. "I'm pretty much indifferent about it. It doesn't really have much of an impact on my life."

Customers received limited notice of the closing.

On Monday, Heath's Hebron Road location's street sign said, "We will miss you," while Newark's North 21st Street sign read, "Sorry we are closed."

It is unclear what will happen now to Lorch-owned land adjacent to McDonald's and in front of Wal-Mart on North 21st Street. The restaurateur had said in 2002 that he planned to relocate the 1255 N. 21st St. Burger King location to that land.


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