On the morning of April 26, employees at New Castle's Bob Evans restaurant on Memorial Dr. showed up for work to find out that they no longer had a job because the company was shutting down the local business.
Citing underperformance issues, the New Castle store along with 27 other stores in 10 states will be closing throughout the rest of this year and during fiscal year 2017.
Nineteen stores were shut down around the same time the New Castle store was closed and six more are scheduled to be shut down within the 2017 fiscal year. The Indianapolis store located on Byrd Way at I-65 and the Greenwood store also are scheduled to be closed.
Forty-five workers lost their jobs when the New Castle restaurant closed, according to the corporate office. With the nearest Bob Evans 20 miles away, it's challenging for the locally displaced employees to relocate to that store. In an April 26 Courier-Times article, former Bob Evans employee Katie Alcorn said that it would be difficult to commute to and from the nearest store.
According to Angela Payne, who is with Bob Evans corporate office, the New Castle building is for sale and there has been interest in the property.
Bob Evans Real Estate Department is in charge of selling the property.
Individuals interested in more information the building or the land on which it sets can contact Victor Layne at 614-492-7489 or firstname.lastname@example.org.