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The new store could be open as early as March depending on the weather, he said. The company isn’t expanding, but it is taking a close look at its existing locations and making sure its stores are providing what customers want, he said. Once the store on South Limestone Street is complete, he said the chain is planning to start a similar project at the Springfield location at 901 N. Bechtle Ave.
“The company is 65 years old and we have a lot of old buildings,” Cassano said.
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The restaurant chain has made similar decisions about other restaurants in the area. The chain previously operated a restaurant in Fairborn across the street from a Speedway gas station at 179 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road. But Cassano said in general there has been a shift where several businesses moved further down the street. So the chain recently closed that site and opened a new location at The Shoppes at Valle Greene development. That shopping center has also seen a new Kroger Marketplace store and a new Starbucks location open.
He estimated the chain employs between 550 and 600 workers in the region.