Anyone know about Golden Corral opening a Florence location?

http://jobs.monster.com/c-gold...-l-florence,-al.aspx

There are three job opportunities advertised on Monster.com for a Florence, Alabama location of Golden Corral.   Could be two possibilities.  A new location that a restaurant will be built or most likely (my own opinion) they will occupy and renovate the Ryan's building given it's great location.  Ryan's building though is quite a bit smaller than most of the Golden Corral restaurant that I have seen so either it will be a smaller scale restaurant but either way Golden Corral, by and large, is a much nicer restaurant than most Ryans.

Has anyone else heard anything?

 

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That was my thought but I do hope that they will either enlarge it or renovate it because it's an older building that has need of improvements.  That said if you were a Ryan's executive and knowing you have a building you were no longer going to use and wanted to get rid of in a great location wouldn't Golden Corral be your first call for the best chance of unloading it?  

I know they are in competition but no doubt Ryan's has given up on the Florence Market so if they were to sell it to Golden Corral it really wouldn't be competition to them.     Then there is also a chance they have already purchased land but that's doubtful but there are other areas that they might find interesting such as where the old Hyundai  dealer was (ex IHOP) and also out near the new WalMart.  Still, like you, I believe occupying Ryans and building on that location given they are similar concepts and restaurants it would be an easier transition and a logical assumption.   And regardless of other growth areas that location still is in the most prime location for Business in the Shoals. 

gbrk posted:

That was my thought but I do hope that they will either enlarge it or renovate it because it's an older building that has need of improvements.  That said if you were a Ryan's executive and knowing you have a building you were no longer going to use and wanted to get rid of in a great location wouldn't Golden Corral be your first call for the best chance of unloading it?  

I know they are in competition but no doubt Ryan's has given up on the Florence Market so if they were to sell it to Golden Corral it really wouldn't be competition to them.     Then there is also a chance they have already purchased land but that's doubtful but there are other areas that they might find interesting such as where the old Hyundai  dealer was (ex IHOP) and also out near the new WalMart.  Still, like you, I believe occupying Ryans and building on that location given they are similar concepts and restaurants it would be an easier transition and a logical assumption.   And regardless of other growth areas that location still is in the most prime location for Business in the Shoals. 

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Agreed--with all you posted.  But I have patronized Golden Corral in locations where the facilities were no larger--and in some cases were  smaller--than the current Ryan's Florence building. So with some inside tuning up, GC should be able to get moving very quickly and have a place ready for those advertised jobs.

Was told by the Hsv Golden Corrall manager back in January that they were looking for land in Florence to build on. Ryan's workers told me in January that the Ryan's regional manager had jumped ship at the end of January. So management knew at that time that they were going to close Florence. I would think that they had already made plans to find a buyer for the building. A week ago I recognized a former Decatur Ryan's manager working the same position at Golden Corrall and he told me he was working in Hsv until a Golden Corrall building was ready in Decatur. Also pretty sure I saw a Hsv Golden Corrall manager at Ryan's as they were closing. I have been in a converted Ryan's building to a Golden Corrall building, they only appear to add a few more table partitions, connect the main bar to the kitchen, enlarge the dessert area and move the salad bar to the side & make general clean up remodeling.

I stopped eating at Ryan's when they stopped offering various Steaks to order, so a long time ago.  I never made it back to the purely buffet type offering.  Still though I heard from friends and others a constant and never wavering story and that was that the bathrooms were horrible.  

If Golden Corral does indeed take over the building and convert it for their use I do hope that they completely remodel or replace the existing bathrooms either building over them or relocating them to another location in the building. 

When UMI took over the old Quincy's (Barnhill's Buffet) restaurant with similar complaints about their restrooms they eliminated the existing ones and moved them to a new location in the restaurant and completely remodeled the building.  Sometimes that's what it takes for a new restaurant to make it in a once failed restaurant's building.  Still then at times failure seems to follow the building such as is the case in the old Danver's building that saw a few occupants, last being Crocodile Ed's.  Also was the case with Famous Dave's building where Rick's new BBQ restaurant is located.  Maybe it's just karma or bad luck but if Golden Corral does chose Ryan's I hope they address many of the complaints that plagued Ryans and I hope they offer as good of food as the other Golden Corral's that I have been to.

I don't like the buffet style/type restaurants but in Golden Corral's case they do a great job and I do make an exception or have in their case.  If/When they come to Florence I'll make another exception in their case. 

They sure are taking their time about it if in fact Golden Corral is taking over Ryan's Building.  But then it does take time for permits and plans to be drawn up so maybe they are planning a major renovation of the building before moving in if indeed they are moving in at all.

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