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Hooters closes in Barboursville

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 07:10 AM

Citing a decline in sales in recent years, owner Cuffy York has closed Hooters at 6435 U.S. 60 East in Barboursville.

“We’ve had it nine years,” said York, a dentist with an office in Chesapeake, Ohio. “It’s been fun and I’ve met a lot of interesting people, and it allowed me to go to a lot of places for corporate meetings. ... Sales were dipping. It took $25,000 a week to run it, and sales were dipping to $18,000 to $20,000 a week.”

That, coupled with the fact that corporate is planning a chain-wide rebranding and remodeling that could cost upwards of $200,000, led him to close up shop. He owns the building and will be putting it on the market, he said.

“I really value the employees I had,” York said. “I had 25 when we quit. The way this area is, they’ll get jobs.

“Being in the restaurant business nine years not being a restaurateur, that’s a good run. I still love doing my dentistry, and that’s what I do best.”

ELDER-BEERMAN: The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., which operates Elder-Beerman stores, has announced its Community Days fundraising event Nov.15-16. Non-profit groups can sign up and sell savings booklets in their neighborhoods and online to raise money. Donors can purchase a savings booklet online at bonton.com or communitydayevent.com and direct the funds to the participating organization of their choice. The Bon-Ton Stores will mail booklets to donors free of charge.

The savings booklet contains over $500 in savings on in-store and online merchandise to be used Nov.15-16.

Groups may sign up now at www.communitydayevent.com.  Eligible Community Day organizations include 501C-3 nonprofit organizations and schools.  Non-profit groups sell savings booklets for a $5 donation to support their group and, in return, the purchaser gets a booklet of offers with a $10-off on $10 or more item-coupon and a 25 percent-off shopping pass at all Bon-Ton Stores and online at bonton.com Nov. 15-16.

The organization keeps 100 percent of the $5 donation.

The 2013 Spring Community Days events raised approximately $4.7 million by participating non-profit organizations.

G&G NURSERY: The public will have the opportunity to shop at G&G Nursery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, when the business will be donating to St. Mary’s “Path to a Cure,”  in coordination with its event on Sept. 29.

G&G also will donate plants to St. Mary’s to aid in fundraising efforts — the “Invincibelle Spirit” Hydrangea by Proven Winners, which has pink blooms and helps fund breast cancer research.

G&G Nursery, which is a distribution company usually closed to the general public, is located at 7800 Ohio River Road in Lesage.

MAC AND DAVE’S: Cake and prizes marked the 64th anniversary last week of Mac and Dave’s department store in downtown Huntington.

“I hope it will be another 64,” said owner Dave Cohen, 88. “I enjoy being in business. I have good employees. When they start, they stay, and they’re the reason I’m in business.”

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.



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