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Golden Corral in Boardman closes

Published: Thu, January 30, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Golden Corral hopes to reopen the store, but that process could take months

Staff report


The Golden Corral restaurant on U.S. Route 224 here has closed, according to Bob McDevitt, Golden Corral’s senior vice president for franchising.

The all-you-can-eat buffet was operated by independent franchisee Dan Gentile, who informed McDevitt on Tuesday that he decided to close the restaurant.

“Frankly, as busy as it seems, the restaurant did not perform up to his expectations,” McDevitt said, adding that the winter weather also played a role.

Gentile could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

McDevitt said Golden Corral hopes to reopen the store, but that process could take months. He said the company is reaching out to other franchisees in the area who are looking to expand.

“That won’t happen fast. It never does,” McDevitt said.

“Given the circumstances, it may stay closed,” he said.

Golden Corral has been operating restaurants since 1973, and the company began franchising in 1986. Of the 490 restaurants across the country, 370 are franchises and 120 are operated by the company, McDevitt said.

Franchise owners obtain a license to operate the Golden Corral brand, and have access to new products, advertising and promotions, which are all handled by the company. They are otherwise independent of the Raleigh, N.C.-based company.


1mc(8 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

why dosent the corp office keep it open till they find someone to take over

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

people didn't go there, cattle did.

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3Sheannaaponte(1 comment)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I worked at the Golden Corral for almost a year n yes everything has been falling apart. Mr Dan Gentile owner did not even give any of his employees a heads up,I called to get my schedule Wednsday no answer,called fellow employee and said the were closed. I have a family to support heck all of my Coworkers do to.What's sad is that Gentile was so cold not even appreciative of the employees who put up with all that was going on for months.our checks were bouncing regularly and no apologies,no warning no severence and not even the managers defended our rights,they new what was happening. Gentile sefish ways will catch up to him. He also has a bakery and other businesses,i guess HE'LL Be OK.Well this will not be forgotten he will know what he did even if I have to get a lawyer. God does not like ugly

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4Alee(1 comment)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

That is far from the truth , I'm tired of people bashing when they don't know the truth just because you were an employee . He kept the place open so people could keep their jobs he tried everything he could to keep the place open , he is far from a selfish man , far from it ! He would give anyone anything he could. You should be ashamed of yourself for even making those accusations . this isn't the first time that a buisness has had to close I was there for 5 years and it hasn't been as busy as it used to and the weather has played a role in it you have been there for a year so you don't know anything .

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