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Wendy’s run in Coshocton to end after 47 years

| August 11, 2020

Wendy’s has been serving the Coshocton county community for 47 years, but on Saturday, Aug. 15, they closed their doors. (Tara Gracyk)

Wendy’s has been serving the Coshocton county community for 47 years, but that will end on Saturday, Aug. 15.

“We only rented the building, and our franchise owner found out on the fourth that the owner of the building sold it. We have to be out by the 31st,” said Destiny Newell, one of the managers at Wendy’s.

The news was unexpected and came as a surprise Newell said. “The franchiser found out on the fourth and we found out on the fifth. Our franchiser fought hard for us. I’ve heard people have been saying all kinds of things like the franchise is going bankrupt, and it’s not true. Our closing has nothing to do with our service, food quality or finances. If there were another opportunity to open in Coshocton, the franchiser would, but at this time there is just no other opportunity for them,” Newell said.

The Wendy’s staff and crew have until Monday, Aug. 31 to have everything out of the building. Therefore, they chose to remain open and serve Coshocton until midnight Aug. 15 and then use from Aug. 16-31 to get all of their items and equipment out of the building.

According to Newell, some of the employees took the news well, but admitted that after they announced the closure to the workers, they lost about nine employees. Some quit that day and some just did not return to work. “What stinks is we just had a big hiring event, so a lot of our employees are new and won’t even get to make it out of training before we close,” Newell said.

Newell shared that she has been with the franchise since 2007 and they have always treated her well. She added that the district manager, Keith Albright, was amazing and really turned the place around when he came on board. She also stated that they have had “lots of really good employees over the years.”

From the natural cut fries and baked potatoes, to the gluten free options, the chili and the classic sandwiches as well as the yummy and unique to Wendy’s frosty, Coshocton is sure to miss this fast food restaurant.

On behalf of the Wendy’s staff and crew, Newell said, “We are sad to see it end, but we want to thank everyone for 47 years of sales, service and dedication.”

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