Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on November 14, 2012 @ 7:29PM
Created on November 14, 2012 @ 6:52PM
Business in downtown Fairmont continues to struggle. CJ Maggie's American Grill officially shut its doors Saturday night, leaving 40 people without a job.
The restaurant had only been open for about a year and a half, and owners said one of the biggest issues was that they weren't able to bring enough culture into that location.
CJ Maggie's is a local chain with other restaurants in Buckhannon and Elkins. The Fairmont site had the lowest revenue compared to the others, with the highest expenses from taxes and other business costs.
Owner CJ Rylands said Fairmont needs to create a more welcoming and sustainable environment for business to grow.
"They have to work together to develop a common vision. I mean, this is the county seat, you have the city and the state is a big player in the downtown [area]. I think them all working together would be a great step forward," Rylands said.
Another concern was the looming healthcare mandate. Rylands said depending on how the new health care law will be applied, the chain's other locations could face the same fate as the Fairmont one.
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