The St. Louis-area locations of the Tex-Mex restaurant chain Fuzzy’s Taco Shop have closed temporarily. Fuzzy’s announced the closures in an email to customers with the subject “Until next time….”
“We have made the tough decision to close our St. Louis and Columbia (Missouri) area locations for the time being,” the email states. “We love our Fuzzy's fans and the good vibes you bring us. We look forward to seeing your faces again soon, so stay tuned for updates on our local Facebook pages. It's not a goodbye, it's a see you later.”
The email did not provide a reason for the temporary closures. It did include an email address for further questions. A message to that address was not immediately returned Friday.
In a statement, a Fuzzy's Taco Shop corporate spokesperson said the company "is actively seeking qualified franchisees for the St. Louis market and are hopeful to reopen the doors of these restaurants in the near future."
“Unfortunately, the franchise group in the St. Louis and Columbia markets made the decision to close their five locations,” Paul Damico, CEO of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, said in the statement. “We have built incredibly strong relationships in this market and have a lot of love for our St. Louis-area Fuzzy’s fans. We remain optimistic about St. Louis and its surrounding communities, and are actively searching for qualified franchisees to bring Fuzzy’s back into the market as soon as possible.”
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Potential franchise operators can learn more at myfuzzys.com.
In the St. Louis area, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is located at 8073 Watson Road in Webster Groves, 1288 Old Orchard Center in Manchester, 302 West Port Plaza Drive in Maryland Heights and 2412 West Clay Street in St. Charles.
On Thursday, the Webster Groves, Maryland Heights and St. Charles locations posted slightly edited versions of the email message on their individual Facebook pages.
However, the Manchester location announced its temporary closure on Dec. 28 in a Facebook post, citing “staffing issues.”
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