UPDATE: Beckley Golden Corral closing due to lack of customers during pandemic

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020: A chain restaurant in Beckley is closing its doors temporarily.

The owner of the Golden Corral on Eisenhower Drive announced they are closing this weekend. General Manager, Steven Hamilton, said the pandemic is not giving them the volume of customers needed to stay afloat.

“Based off of our set up, we need a lot of volume of guests,” Hamilton said. “We lost a lot of the guests with being scared to come out and dine. We tried a bunch of different concepts to where we serve the guests and nobody touches it but at this time we need to close up and make sure it’s safe to reopen.”

Hamilton said there is no time frame on the closure, but he guarantees they will reopen. They are hoping for a COVID-19 vaccine before they decide to bring customers back.

The last day of operation is this Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 10:32 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020: The Golden Corral in Beckley is temporarily closing. Owner Eddie Torrico made the announcement via Facebook on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

According to the statement, the restaurant will close on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8 p.m. Torrico said he has every intention of reopening when there is a COVID-19 vaccine or the economic climate changes. Torrico also thanked his employees and loyal customers. He assured the restaurant will reopen.

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