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Dempster-Dodge KFC closes suddenly

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Customers arriving at the Kentucky Fried Chicken at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue in Evanston this noon discovered they needed to make different lunch-time plans after the restaurant closed abruptly Tuesday.

Customers arriving at the Kentucky Fried Chicken at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue in Evanston this noon discovered they needed to make different lunch-time plans after the restaurant closed abruptly Tuesday.

Evanston's Community and Economic Development Director Steve Griffin says the city had no warning or advance word about the closing and that city officials are checking with KFC's corporate headquarters today to try to get more information.

He said preliminary indications are that low sales were the reason for the shutdown.

At this point, he said, city officials aren't even sure whether the restaurant was owned by KFC or by a franchisee.

A sign in the store's window encourages would-be customers to visit a KFC in Morton Grove.

Across the street, at the bank-owned Evanston Plaza Shopping Center, Griffin says the city is working with potential purchasers of the property in anticipation that Bank of America will put the property up for sale soon.

But when city officials last contacted the bank, Griffin said, they were told that there still are issues regarding the foreclosure that have to be settled by the courts before a sale can take place.

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