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CLAYTON — Customers expecting to drive through Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Que on U.S. 70 West on Oct. 30 found it demolished.
Company President Lew Starling said the Clayton restaurant, which opened in 1976, was torn down to make room for a $2 ½ million, state-of-the-art restaurant that should open sometime in April.
“Our customers will be so happy when they see the new one,” said Starling. “It will be similar in design to the updated restaurants we’ve built in Dunn, Ogden and Warsaw.”
“The Clayton store has always been one of our best locations,” said company Vice President Junius Moore. “It’s one of the oldest building we still had in operation. We have the longest-running business license in Clayton. I believe the citizens will be so impressed with what we’re planning.”
“We’re so thankful for our customers over the past 40 years,” said Starling. “We’re looking forward to 40 more.”
The 25 employees at the Clayton restaurant have been temporarily moved to the Garner and Smithfield locations.