The closing of the Long John Silver’s restaurant in Pulaski Tuesday evening is permanent, according to a spokesman for the franchise owner.
“We don’t like closing stores. We like to open them,” Wayne Ferguson, director of operations for Charter Foods, said of the company’s decision to close the Pulaski location.
However, he said sales had declined at the restaurant and the aging building was in “such bad shape we were going to have to totally remodel it. It didn’t make sense for us to stay there.”
Ferguson said the building lease was due for renewal in June, so they decided to close rather than renew the lease.
According to Ferguson, sales started “dropping off” at the restaurant about 12 months ago.
As for the employees, Ferguson said some will transfer to other restaurants owned by the franchise, but others were not able to do so due to transportation issues.
Charter owns 67 Long John Silver’s restaurants, including the one in Fairlawn, which will remain open. It also owns Taco Bell restaurants, but not the one in Pulaski.
Ferguson said Charter is considering building a new Long John Silver’s somewhere near the interstate in the Dublin area, but no land deals are in the works.