Iconic chain with dozens of restaurants closes another store as bosses admit it’s ‘hard to say goodbye’

AN Eegee’s sandwich shop is closing for good – weeks after bosses closed two other stores.

Bosses will close a store in Tucson, Arizona on September 19th.

An Eegee's restaurant in Tucson, Arizona will close in a few days


An Eegee’s restaurant in Tucson, Arizona will close in a few daysPhoto credit: Getty
The closure will be the city of Tucson's third closure in weeks


The closure will be the city of Tucson’s third closure in weeksPhoto credit: Google Maps

It will be the third Eegee store in the city to close in a matter of weeks.

An Eegee’s restaurant in Tucson closed on August 29, while another ceased operations on September 12.

The chain revealed further Xformerly known as Twitter, said the closures are part of the company’s strategic plan for future growth.

Bosses said, “While it’s never easy to say goodbye to a neighborhood, we identified these restaurants based on their proximity to other locations.

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“The closures will allow us to invest more in our nearby stores and strengthen our ability to bring Eegee’s to more communities.”

Jason Vaughn, the chain’s CEO, revealed that the decision to close the restaurants “was not made quickly,” the Arizona Daily Star reported.

He explained that officials were taking into account factors such as demographic changes and the expiration of building leases.

Bosses have confirmed that staff affected by the closure will be able to work in other branches if required.

Tina Ernle, the restaurant’s spokesperson, told Tucson affiliate KGUN, “Retaining our employees has been and continues to be our top priority.”

The closures came after the chain reported record sales during the summer season.

Bosses said they were “even more excited” about the future.

They said: “We understand that change is never easy, but we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you soon.”

Eegee’s has been a staple of the Arizona dining scene for more than 50 years and the chain has dozens of restaurants.

It is known for a frozen fruit drink called “Eegee” and its selection of submarine-length sandwiches.

But Vaughn has suggested that executives may explore plans for future expansion beyond Arizona.

Meanwhile, The US Sun has reported that an Arby’s restaurant in the Gulf Coast town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, has temporarily closed.

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The restaurant is one of more than 30 in the state and the fast food chain has more than 3,000 across the United States.

And a Subway store in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, closed this month.

Aila Slisco

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