FOREST CITY | Three Forest City businesses have closed or will be closing later this month.
Forest City Foods owners Doug and Andrea Gast announced Friday they will close the grocery store Dec. 31 after serving Forest City for 21 years.
Godfather's Pizza and Charley Biggs' Chicken will continue to operate in the Forest City Foods location indefinitely, the Gasts said in a letter posted on the grocery store's Facebook page.
"This has not been an easy decision to make but the time is right to move on to our next step in life," the letter said. "The relationships we have built over the years hold a special place in our hearts and we will cherish the memories we have made with the people in this community. We are blessed to have had the support of many faithful customers over the years."
The Gasts said the business served as a place for their five children to learn about business and develop a strong work ethic, as well as a "starting point for many young people eager to earn their first paycheck."
"It was rewarding watching kids grow into responsible young adults," the letter said.
The Hardee's fast food restaurant closed Thursday night after more than two decades in Forest City.
Signs were posted on the doors announcing the closing and thanking customers for their business.
Menu boards had been stripped from the large drive-through sign.
A message seeking comment from Hardee's corporate headquarters Friday afternoon was not returned.
The Lodge of Forest City announced on its Facebook page Wednesday its restaurant will close Dec. 2.
"We are very grateful to everyone who has support (sic) us and we hope to see you one last time," a post on the restaurant's page said.
Following a remodeling, the restaurant reopened in December 2016, offering upscale casual with fine dining food. Peter and Shari Yang took over the hotel and restaurant in September 2016.
No one was available Friday evening to comment on The Lodge's restaurant closing, a person who answered the phone said.