Fazoli’s shuts its doors

…the Danville store was a franchised restaurant, owned by a franchisee who lives outside of the Danville area. That franchisee also owned the Champaign and Normal Fazoli’s stores. Those stores will remain open, but will now be owned and operated by the Fazoli’s parent company, not the franchisee.

http://commercial-news.com
July 20, 2010

Fazoli’s shuts its doors
April Evans

DANVILLE — Fazoli’s closed its doors Monday morning to the surprise of its manager, employees and the community.

Kevin Freeland, area Fazoli’s district manager, confirmed employees were notified early Monday that the Danville Italian fast-food restaurant location is now permanently closed. It had been open for business this past weekend.

Brad Ritter, Fazoli’s spokeperson, said around 20 people were employed at the store.

Ritter said the Danville store was a franchised restaurant, owned by a franchisee who lives outside of the Danville area. That franchisee also owned the Champaign and Normal Fazoli’s stores. Those stores will remain open, but will now be owned and operated by the Fazoli’s parent company, not the franchisee.

Freeland said he will continue to oversee the Champaign and Normal stores as district manager. A sign outside the shuttered Danville Fazoli’s now urges Danville patrons to visit those locations.

Fazoli’s has been in Danville since 1997. Freeland said reasoning for the closure was given, but he wouldn’t disclose it and referred further questions to Fazoli’s corporate officials.

Ritter also said the company was not yet releasing the reason for closure as of the end of business Monday.

“Fazoli’s is always saddened when a restaurant closes,” Ritter said. “We are very grateful to the Danville community for its 13 years of support.”

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the news announcing closure of the seemingly popular Italian fast-food restaurant was surprising.

“Obviously, we’re very disappointed anytime a business closes,” Eisenhauer said. “It appeared their sales numbers were still strong. It’s surprising they’re closing.”

According to the Fazoli’s Web site, it currently operates around 240 stores in 26 states and is based in Lexington, Ky. The first Fazoli’s opened in 1988.

Danville resident Cindy DeMoss said she was baffled to hear of the closing. She and husband Roger visited the restaurant three to four times a month, with her favorite being the sandwiches.

“It shocks me,” DeMoss said of the closing. “They seemed to do good business and had good food.”

DeMoss said the restaurant always seemed busy when she was there and noted they had the catering option for customers as well.

Eisenhauer said Fazoli’s was a unique type of fast-food restaurant that he felt filled a niche in our area. He said its vacancy will now leave a void.

“Hopefully, someone in the near future will open a similar style restaurant,” Eisenhauer said.

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