Bo Time is up in Tullahoma

The Tullahoma Bojangles’, a North Carolina-based chicken and biscuits restaurant, is one of 10 stores that will permanently close its doors following poor performance, according to company officials. Two other area restaurants, located in Manchester and Shelbyville, are not affected by the closure.

The recently opened company-owned Bojangles’ restaurant on North Jackson Street is closing, as quarterly earnings for the fast food chain declined, corporate officials have announced.

On Aug. 2, the restaurant chain announced the closure of 10 stores with “negative cash flow” and the refranchising of 30 other stores following poor second quarter performance, according to the website Restaurant Business Online.

Bojangles’ reported systemwide comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.2 percent in in the second quarter, consisting of a 0.8 percent decrease in comparable restaurant sales for company-operated units and a 0.1 percent increase at franchised comparable sales, according to the site.

The second fiscal quarter ended July 1.

The chain has also cut several underperforming menu items with the hope that eliminating the “operationally complex items” will increase service speed and reduce waste, the site says. These items include a jambalaya bowl, smoked sausage biscuit, barbecue pork sandwich and the Cheddar Bo biscuit.

“As we announced during our recent Q2 (second quarter) earnings call, we are closing approximately 10 underperforming company-operated restaurants across four states within our system,” Brian Little, the senior corporate communications director for the chain said. “One of the restaurants that will close is located in Tullahoma.”

The Tullahoma chicken and biscuits restaurant opened its doors in September 2016, employing between 30 and 35 people in the area.

The North Carolina chain was founded in Charlotte in 1977. As of April 1, Bojangles’ had 762 systemwide restaurants, including 326 company-operated locations and 436 franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States.

Although the Tullahoma location is closing, Little said the other two area restaurants, located in Manchester and Shelbyville, remain open, and encouraged fans of the chain to visit those locations.

“We invite Bojangles’ fans to visit our other area restaurant locations at 2206 Hillsboro Road in Manchester or 1736 North Main St. in Shelbyville,” he said.

Not all Tullahoma employees will be without jobs following the closure, however.

“Many employees have been offered employment at other Bojangles’ restaurants,” Little said. “We are committed to meeting all of our obligations as a faithful business and employer in the community.”

Sunday is reportedly the last day to dine at the Tullahoma location.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.

Staff Writer

Recommended for you