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A bagel and sandwich shop in Augusta has closed.

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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.

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Butterman
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Butterman 04/03/14 - 03:20 pm
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Wow
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Hard to believe. About the only place in Augusta you could get a decent bagel with a shmear. What went wrong countyman? So can we expect a Cheesecake Factory or Ruth's Chris to locate there?

csralookout
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csralookout 04/04/14 - 08:10 am
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What went wrong?

If I had to guess, it's because Augustans like waffle house, I-HOP, Cracker Barrel, Ruth's, Sunrise Grill, etc....we are loyal to these places. Nothing wrong with a Bagel Shop...I've heard good things about Einsteins, but this isn't New York, LOL.

grinder48
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grinder48 04/04/14 - 09:20 am
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Dang!
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I don't particularly care for all the upscale overpriced yuppy uppity franchisey metro places all over the place today (yep, I'm old) and not really a bagel eater but tried this place a few months back and it was great and I had become sort of a semi-regular. I think one critical factor in so many eating spots that close is their failure to advertise. Most folks don't even know about these places and unless one happens to stumble on it for some reason, people generally don''t even know about these little shops.

jamc1103
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jamc1103 04/04/14 - 11:39 am
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I went here often...

and it was always busy. I wonder what made them decide to close.

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LeConteSkier 04/04/14 - 01:07 pm
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Because they didn't have much

Because they didn't have much business sense on that location. It take money to make money. No advertising, low visibility location. They would make 5x's the sales if they were located by I 20. Starbucks would have closed years ago if they were there. I think Dunkin Donuts in south augusta will follow this same fate as they are hidden away from 520. I hope I'm wrong but that's why south Augusta struggles for years as the businesses that have opened there near Lowes and Applebee's have thrived and places a mile away have failed. A bagle shop needs to catch hotel and interstate traffic to make it on Washington Road. They hoped to make money off of people going to church in mornings being in the middle of many churches but they are tight wads with their money. They would rather mooch off the church for free donuts and coffee and get fat than to eat healthy and go to Einstines. I hope someone else will reopen them by the hotels and interstates. Also one downtown in the Marriott and on the GRU campus would do well.

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jimmymac 04/04/14 - 10:15 pm
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Einstein's
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Costco's sells Einstein bagels for half what a shop sells them for.

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allyson1804 07/22/14 - 09:18 am
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They closed because their

They closed because their lease was up and they didn't renew. Most Einsteins are found at colleges and universities.

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