The State Journal-Register:
After 11 years in business, the ARBYâ€™S in Fairhills Mall has closed.
â€œSince 2008, sales have gone down,â€ said Tom Browne, president of Bloomington-based franchisee Huse Inc. â€œFood costs are up, labor is up, taxes are up. We tried to negotiate with the landlord to get a lower rent, although we did have a decent rent. Weâ€™ve lost money the last four years.â€
Asked if the lack of a drive-through lane could have contributed to the outletâ€™s poor performance, Browne said it might have.
â€œA typical drive-through will add 40 to 50 percent additional sales, but you donâ€™t have as much labor,â€ he said.