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Ashley Douglas was depending on her next paycheck from her job at Arby’s to catch up with her rent.
But the single mother of three children will have to find another way to pay her bills. Douglas, 29, of Wilkes-Barre, who worked at the Wyoming Valley Mall Arby’s, was among dozens of employees at six Arby’s restaurants in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania who lost their jobs when the businesses closed on Friday.
That was the same day the franchise owner’s Chapter 7 liquidation was approved in federal court.
“That was the only job I was working at for right now,” said Douglas, who is separated and raising her children, ages 7, 4 and 3. “I’m depending on that. I’m trying to find something else. I still owe my landlord the rest of the rent for this month … If I don’t get something to pay for my rent, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Two major US fast food conglomerates are looking for ways to maximize profits. Selling off several chains that do not fit into their long-range plans are being considered.
Yum Brands is looking for a buyer for their A&W and Long John Silver’s restaurant chains. Yum Brands is concentrating on overseas development and neither Long John Silver’s or A&W have an international presence. That would leave Yum Brands with KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, which all have international locations. A&W and Long John Silver’s have a combined total of 1, 630 locations nationwide.
Wendy’s is looking to sell Arby’s so they can concentrate on Wendy’s development. Wendy’s/Arby’s combined have over 10,000 restaurants. Wendy’s is the larger chain with over 6,500 restaurants. Arby’s is struggling because they tend to be more expensive than other fast food chains and offer less of a dollar menu.
Wendy’s/Arby’s is also the target for a potential takeover bid after receiving an inquiry to buy the chain in June of last year.
Seriously, driving through State College Borough going 60 mph! Are ya daft!?!
A 28-year-old Ferguson Township man was driving down South Atherton Street (Business Route 322) and attempted to turn right on West College Avenue (Route 26) going 60 mph! The “driver” lost control of his Land Rover, jumped a curb, crashed through a metal rail, a cement pillar, the side door and a window before coming to a stop. Are we trying out for the Demolition Derby?
Thankfully, the restaurant was closed (it was 2:45 a.m.) or this would have been a catastrophe! There was a passenger in the car who was treated for minor injuries.
The “driver” failed a field sobriety test (say it ain’t so Joe) and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for a blood-alcohol test. The driver will be charged with a DUI and reckless driving.
Arby’s will be closed until next week and the part of the building which was impacted by the vehicle was ruled structurally questionable and will need extensive repairs! Imagine if that restaurant had been full of customers! This bone-head should be throw in jail and not allowed to pass go!