Both Dayton-area Zoup! restaurants have shut down permanently, its franchise co-owner told this news outlet today, Tuesday May 22.
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Zoup franchise owners opened their first Dayton-area restaurant adjacent to Whole Foods on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp., and opened its second location at 5235 Cornerstone North Boulevard in the Cornerstone of Centerville development in Centerville just four months ago. Initial plans called for the franchise owners, Kevin Forrer and Brian Wood, to open two more Dayton-area locations.
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But Forrer said Tuesday that poor sales at both locations were the primary factor in the decision to close.
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“Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out,” he said.
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The first Zoup! restaurant opened in Southfield, Mi., in suburban Detroit in 1998. The chain operates more than 80 locations across the northern half of the U.S.
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