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Local chain restaurant closes

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The Carl’s Jr. and Green Burrito restaurant on North Main Street has been closed. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A local restaurant connected to a national chain has gone out of business.

The fast-food restaurant Carl’s Jr.-Green Burrito at 737 N. Main St. closed recently.

“Sorry, we’re closed permanently,” a sign posted on the door Tuesday said. “Thank you for your support during our years of operation.”

A person answering the phone at the local restaurant identified himself as a contractor and said he could not answer any questions. He referred inquiries to the corporate offices.

According to its website, the corporation, CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee, works through its subsidiaries to franchise four brands — Carl’s Jr. and Green Burrito for the western and southwestern United States, and Hardee’s and Red Burrito for the midwestern and eastern regions. Phone calls and emails to corporate offices were not responded to by press time.

Roswell Daily Record archives indicate that the Carl’s Jr. restaurant was opened in January 2015 by Teo Regalado and his partners, who at that time also owned six IHOP restaurants and had plans to open two other Carl’s Jr. locations in Carlsbad and Hobbs.

Phone numbers listed for Regalado and Hoppers Management Inc. on various websites were not operating Tuesday, and it was uncertain if he and his company were the owners of the Roswell restaurant at the time of the closing.

According to the CKE Restaurants website, there are more than 3,800 CKE restaurants in 44 states and 43 foreign countries and territories. New Mexico has several other Carl’s Jr. locations. Most of its restaurants, about 94 percent, are franchises.

“It really surprises us, we were not aware that it was going to close,” said Kathy Lay, executive director of MainStreet Roswell. “We do think it is a prime location, and I have been contacted by two different businesses that are interested in North Main locations, so I intend to be in contact with them.”

She did add that she was unaware if the building has already been purchased or if an interested buyer has been identified.

Lay noted that there have been numerous Main Street business openings in recent months, resulting in 66 new jobs. The openings around the downtown area since the fall include La Gran Victoria restaurant, Dunkin’-Baskin Robbins restaurant, Sippy & Opal’s Ice Cream and Sweet Treats, Invasion Station, Aztec Imports and the Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum.

The openings of Allegria Candy Store, Cosmic Salad and a Farmer’s Insurance business since the summer; the ongoing renovation of the historic Carnegie Library building for a future restaurant, boutique and hotel; and the recent purchase of a vacant building at North Main Street and West Walnut Street by a business owner are all indications that people continue to see Roswell and Main Street as viable business locations, Lay said.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.