Hardee's closes five area locations, one already sold

Five Hardee’s locations throughout central Illinois have closed, but at least one won’t be vacant for long.

“The (Chatham Hardee’s) closed on Monday, unbeknownst to anyone. I called the building owner on Tuesday to let her know. But the buyer went ahead and closed on the property Wednesday,” said Jay Clark, a broker with The Real Estate Group. Clark listed the property at 331 N. Main St. in Chatham for sale last year at an asking price of $845,000.

“I think a lot of the leases were almost up,” Clark said of the Hardee’s locations that recently closed. In addition to Chatham, the restaurants at 1700 Wabash Ave. in Springfield, 905 Springfield St. in Virden, 1806 W. Bradley Ave. in Champaign and 309 N. Market St. in Monticello were also impacted.

“A number of Hardee's locations in Illinois will be closed permanently. Hardee's continues to operate in Illinois … This decision was not made lightly, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our guests. We appreciate our communities’ patronage and have enjoyed serving guests throughout the years,” said Beth Gerstenberger, director of corporate communication at CKE Restaurants, in an emailed statement. CKE Restaurants is the parent company for the Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., Green Burrito and Red Burrito brands.

The former Hardee’s on Wabash Avenue is listed for lease as a partnership between Blake Pryor, a Springfield broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, and Jones Lang LaSalle. The listing indicates Hardee’s had occupied the property since it was constructed in 1984 and the landlord will consider leasing the property as a second-generation restaurant, a retrofit, a build-to-suit or a ground lease.

Hardee’s still operates Springfield locations at 1835 Sangamon Ave., 2501 Stevenson Dr., 317 E. Clear Lake Ave. and 600 W. Jefferson St.

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