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Wendy’s closing after long run in Steamboat Springs

Wendy's will make its exit from Steamboat Springs this week after more than 25 years of business at the corner of Anglers Drive and U.S. Highway 40. The store was expected to close at the end of the business day Wednesday.
John F. Russell

— Where’s the beef?

Steamboat residents looking for Baconators, spicy chicken sandwiches and Frosty treats soon won’t be able to find them at the Wendy’s at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Anglers Drive.

The local fast-food restaurant is closing its doors Wednesday night after doing business in Steamboat for more than 25 years.

Bob Larson, the owners representative of Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center where Wendy’s has leased its building, said restaurant management issues led to Wendy’s exit.

“We mutually agreed that it’s not going to work out with their current structure,” Larson said. “The reason this happened is they’ve had some pretty significant management and marketing issues that we’ve been trying to work with them on.”

Larson is optimistic about the future of the soon-to-be-vacant building.

“The good news is that what we replace them with is going to be quite an improvement,” Larson said. “It’s not totally about the dollars and cents. It’s really about us saying we need to make an improvement, and it can be Wendy’s or someone else.”

A district manager who was at the Steamboat location Wednesday said he was not available to discuss the closure, and a message left for a local manager Tuesday was not returned.

A manager who answered the phone Wednesday but who declined to give his name said the store was closing at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Wendy’s here is operated by Wendy’s of Colorado Springs, which Larson said operates more than 100 other locations in the state mostly on the Front Range.

The Pilot & Today has left a message at the franchise’s office seeking to discuss the closure.

Larson said the long distance from the franchise headquarters was a challenge for the local Wendy’s.

“This was sort of an island for them,” Larson said.

Larson said Wendy’s opened in its current location sometime in the 1980s. It underwent a significant remodel in 2004.

Larson said it will take some time to fill the space again, but he already has had discussions with more than one potential new tenant.

He said because of the existing fast-food infrastructure, the space is likely to reopen as a fast-food place.

“There is no reason for despair,” Larson said. “This is just commercial leasing. Everything works out for the best.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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