The Einstein Bros. Bagels storefront at 2807 Washington Road has been nearly cleared out Thursday. The restaurant, located within a small strip center in front of Kroger, was open for five years.
According to a post on the business Facebook page, Einstein Bros. Bagels closed its doors permanently on March 30.
The post thanked customers for their support but didn’t elaborate. Attempts to reach the franchisees were not immediately successful.
An employee at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc., the Lakewood, Colo.-based company that owns Einstein Bros. Bagels, confirmed Thursday the store’s closure, but also did not provide further details.
The restaurant, which served bagels, sandwiches, soup and wraps, had opened in the 2,450-square-foot space in 2009 with 30 employees. The original franchise owners had initially planned to open four locations across the Augusta-Aiken area.
The closest Einstein Bros. Bagels to Augusta is located in Columbia. There are nearly 800 locations in 39 states across the country.