New Golden Corral on tap

June 12, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Golden Corral is building a new restaurant next to its existing one on U.S. 340 and will move to the new building later this year, the general manager said Wednesday.

The opening of the soon-to-be-completed Wal-Mart and the refurbishing of Charles Town Races by Penn National will generate more business for the Golden Corral, general manager John Hendricks said.

Many people going to the race track stop at the restaurant to have dinner first, he said.

"This is probably the best restaurant site in town now," Hendricks said.

The new facility, near the site of the new Wal-Mart in Charles Town Plaza, will seat 260 to 290 customers compared to the 147 diners who can be served in the present restaurant, Hendricks said.


The site wasn't always a good one, he said. The shopping center had suffered with the loss of an anchor store several years ago and business at the track had dropped off until it closed last year, he said.

The restaurant employs about 45 people but will expand to 100 or more once the new restaurant opens, Hendricks said.

Even without the opening of the Wal-Mart, the restaurant had planned to add a dining room, Hendricks said.

But with maintenance costs rising on the current building, which was built in 1979, the decision was made to build a new restaurant, he said.

"It looks very good for us and very good for the community," Hendricks said.

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