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Golden Corral to open in Christiansburg later this week

Golden Corral signBy CALVIN PYNN



CHRISTIANSBURG – Golden Corral is set to open in the former Ryan’s building off Pepper’s Ferry Road Thursday.

This will be the first time the national family restaurant chain has established a location in Christiansburg. However, this will not be the first time it has branched out to the New River Valley.

Two Golden Corral franchises originally operated in Pulaski County – one in Fairlawn, the other in Pulaski – until they both went out of business several years ago. The new restaurant is expected to bring about 100 jobs to the area.

Platinum Corral, the company that will own and operate the franchise, has held the rights to bring a Golden Corral to Christiansburg for several years. During that time, it struggled to find a location, company president Billy Sewell says.

The company got its chance when Ryan’s closed unexpectedly in August when the lease expired after operating in that building since 1995. According to Sewell, the former restaurant, which boasted a similar atmosphere and selection as Golden Corral, was in the ideal location for the larger chain to open a franchise.

“[The corporate office] told me not to bring a site to them unless it’s as good as Ryan’s,” he says.

The site is located across the street from the New River Valley Mall, among a number of the town’s larger scale retail outlets. With Christiansburg located at about the halfway point between Radford University and Virginia Tech, Sewell says he expects to draw business from the communities of both universities.

“Our draw is within 10 to 15 miles,” Sewell says. “We hope they stop by and eat with us.”

The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will feature various foods on its buffet in addition to steaks, chicken and pork that will be grilled right in front of customers. According to Sewell, the menu will also offer a large selection of fruits and vegetables.

The restaurant will buy produce locally as the growing seasons dictate, he says. Golden Corral is also known for including a large dessert bar, which features a chocolate fountain for fruits, cookies and other dippables on the buffet.

Golden Corral will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.








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