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Local KFC franchisee closing final three restaurants

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Two KFC restaurants closed in Co­lum­bia County last week, and a third is doing the same.

“It was the toughest decision I ever made in my life,” franchisee Billy Wingate said. “It really hurts.”

The restaurants at 215 Furys Ferry Road in Mar­tinez and 4088 Jimmie Dyess Park­way off Interstate 20 closed Feb. 10, and Win­gate will shut his final restaurant at 898 Horizon South Parkway in Grovetown within two weeks, after the remaining food has been sold.

Wingate said the closings were caused by increased labor and food costs.

“It was just impossible to make any money,” he said.

About 75 employees will lose their jobs, Wingate said.

“It’s hard to go in there and tell someone you have to close down the store,” said Wingate, who opened his first area Ken­tucky Fried Chicken in 1988 in Barnwell, S.C. “It’s hard for me to talk about.”

There are parties interested in purchasing the properties, Wingate said.

The family-operated franchise company closed its KFC restaurant on Washington Road near the Evans Wal-Mart in May after it had been open for about three years.

That restaurant had difficult access into the parking lot. Wingate purchased the property thinking a traffic light would be installed in front of Chimney Hill and Country Place subdivisions nearby, he said.

In late 2010, Wingate sold his former Columbia Road KFC to the owners of a Zaxby’s franchise.

There are nine other KFCs across Augusta, North Augusta, Aiken, Waynesboro, Ga., and Wrens, Ga., according to KFC’s Web site.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/19/13 - 09:36 am
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This is #1 on most read???

Can't see it......closing of kfc is just not that interesting.....imo.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 02/19/13 - 09:55 am
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Has anyone read that Augusta,

Has anyone read that Augusta, GA. is #5 in the nation as far as overweight (Fat) people. Guess what? Soooo true.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/19/13 - 09:58 am
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Most Discussed

Yeah, you are right, SeenIt. But we have seen time and time again that stories about food and about restaurants make Chronicle readers’ salivary glands drip, and the comments flow.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/19/13 - 10:45 am
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"Has anyone read that Augusta, GA....

..... is #5 in the nation as far as overweight (Fat) people. Guess what? Soooo true."

No, but I'd love to see the data. Who did the study? What was their methodology? Where is their data? How in the world can you conclude it's "soooo true?"

Have you counted fat people in every city in the nation?

I heard Evans, GA had the third ugliest women in the nation. I can't verify it, but I have seen a sample.

Jake
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Jake 02/19/13 - 10:35 am
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Long ago....

I would venture to say, from my personal experience, that food and beverages do not taste the same as they did years ago.
Example, I love to go to Wife Saver when I am in the CSRA. I always get the gizzard dinner and the gizzards are not the same quality as the ones from the 1980's. They are smaller in size a little tougher. I am assuming that the source for their food has changed over the years.
KFC is not the same as it was in the 1960's. They have modified their recipies over the years to appeal to changing tastes. I think this is natural in the food business.
And as I get older my taste buds have probably changed as well. Coke in the small glass bottles from the 1950's tasted much better than any Coke products on the market today.

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David Parker 02/19/13 - 11:07 am
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Georgia in general is the

Georgia in general is the most obese state. I don't have the data but contrarily, no data to oppose this claim has been clarified either. I just use common sense and know that folks around the south like to pack it in. Doesn't make it true but doesn't make it false.

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harley_52 02/19/13 - 11:12 am
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" Doesn't make it true but doesn't make it false."

Then one wonders why you bother to say it.

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justthefacts 02/19/13 - 12:01 pm
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Not true

"Georgia in general is the most obese state". The actual data says Ga is #24, about middle of the road, in state ranking. S.C., however, is #8. Must be more KFCs in S.C.

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Tom Corwin 02/19/13 - 12:07 pm
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David Parker

In their annual "F as in Fat" report last year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health ranked Georgia 24th among states for obesity, pretty much middle of the pack. South Carolina, on the other hand, was 8th worst. Mississippi was the most obese, according to their data.

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harley_52 02/19/13 - 12:49 pm
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*In their annual "F as in Fat" report last year...

.... the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health ranked Georgia 24th among states for obesity, pretty much middle of the pack."

Take a look at their methodology. They never really examined anyone. They made phone calls, asked questions, got answers, and then manipulated the data as they saw fit. The end result may, or may not, mean anything and could certainly be purposefully targeted to achieve whatever result they wanted.

I'm skeptical.

http://www.healthyamericans.org/assets/files/TFAH2011FasInFat10.pdf

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David Parker 02/19/13 - 12:53 pm
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@ Harley

Since you have no foundation for your rebut, I don't see the point in your comment either Harles. But that is the case most of the time with you.

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David Parker 02/19/13 - 01:10 pm
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Thanks Tom. I'm glad you

Thanks Tom. I'm glad you were able to find info on how fat people are. So I think this is what the OP meant by Augusta being fat.

http://www2.nbc26.tv/lifestyles/2012/sep/11/augusta-ranked-americas-5th-...

This is from the CDC

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itsanotherday1 02/19/13 - 01:11 pm
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Judging from the lines I see

Judging from the lines I see at resaturants around evening meal time, there would be a reason to be the fattest folks in the U.S.

I've said before, eating is recreation in these parts.

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Willow Bailey 02/19/13 - 01:29 pm
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People have gotten too lazy

People have gotten too lazy or too "busy" to cook for themselves and families. It wouldn't bother me a bit to see all the fast food restaurants close down other than job losses for many.

Those of you who said business success is more about the management, quality and service than the economy are exactly right.

And harley, you take that comment back about us Evan's girls or it's over with us!!

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harley_52 02/19/13 - 01:33 pm
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"Since you have no foundation for your rebut....

.... I don't see the point in your comment either Harles. But that is the case most of the time with you."

The "foundation" for my point is clear. I'm not at all surprised you don't see it.

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harley_52 02/19/13 - 01:35 pm
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" you take that comment back about us Evan's girls...

.... or it's over with us!!"

I did say "third," which leaves plenty of room for exceptions. Not to say that you need much room at all.

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harley_52 02/19/13 - 01:38 pm
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"Those of you who said business success....

....success is more about the management, quality and service than the economy are exactly right."

Since both quality and service are a function of management, it's easy to see why it's the single most important factor.

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Dudeness 02/19/13 - 01:39 pm
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I am getting a bad craving

I am getting a bad craving for some KFC original recipe now. I love their chicken and baked beans.

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Willow Bailey 02/19/13 - 01:51 pm
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harley, harley, harley, don't

harley, harley, harley, don't point out the redundancy of my management comment on the heels of our making up...sniff, sniff. Hasn't Mrs. harley taught you anything?

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harley_52 02/19/13 - 02:15 pm
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Darby
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Darby 02/19/13 - 02:53 pm
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"WE ARE A SPECIES THAT WILL MURDER OVER....

A YELLOW ROCK OUT OF THE GROUND AND WILL TRY TO JUSTIFY THE MURDER! !"

Glad to see that there is at least one Pollyanna among us...

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CobaltGeorge 02/19/13 - 03:11 pm
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In 73 Years

I don't think I have ever had or bought a KFC meal unless consumed one at a party which probably being under the influence of...wouldn't have known the difference....So can't make a One Liner on the good or bad of KFC.....

Besides, I don't patronize Fast Food Joints!

Darby
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Darby 02/19/13 - 04:00 pm
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"Besides, I don't patronize Fast Food Joints!"....

George... blame my lower middle class roots. There were times in my life that if I didn't eat fast food, I just didn't eat...

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