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Denny’s restaurant closes doors in South Hill Thursday
SoVaNow.com / February 27, 2013Denny’s Restaurant in South Hill closed its doors on Thursday, adding roughly 20 jobs to the positions that have been lost in town this year
Bruce Webber, human resources director at RREMC Restaurants, would not say much about the reasons for closing the South Hill restaurant, saying only that the franchise agreement had ended.
“The franchise agreement ended and as a business decision, the natural results were we chose to close the store,” said Webber. “Given the financial results we were experiencing, we chose as a business decision to close the location.”
Webber stated there were “minimal” jobs lost, adding there were “under 20 employees there” at the Denny’s in South Hill.
The chain’s regional vice president broke the news to the staff on Wednesday of last week, said Webber. He also said there are no plans to reopen the restaurant at this time.
RREMC Restaurants, LLC operates Denny’s, Denny’s Fresh Express, and Dairy Queen locations throughout Virginia, Florida and Georgia.
The Denny’s closing will affect not only the 20 employees who worked there, but may have some impact on the Magnuson Hotel, formerly the Days Inn.
An employee of the Magnuson, who wished to remain unnamed, confirmed that Denny’s had been in a downward spiral for several years.
“It is very sad to see how the place had gone downhill. There was rotating management from month to month and lack of customer service and leadership on the higher-ups’ part that led to the staff not being motivated to provide the quality that the restaurant had shown in past years,” said the employee.
Denny’s/RREMC leased the restaurant space from Vick Patel, who owns the Magnuson Hotel. The employee also noted that the banquet room is still open for rental and that the Magnuson would be handling those reservations from this point forward.
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