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Florida-based World of Beer to open location in shuttered Short Pump TGI Friday’s

The chain will open its first Richmond location later this year, the RTD reports.

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A Tampa, Florida-based chain known for its bevy of beer selections will soon take over another shuttered chain, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reports.

TGI Friday’s, located in the Downtown Short Pump shopping center, closed this week, noting its lease had expired. The Florida-based World of Beer franchise was able to establish itself as a successful business by registering as an LLC in Florida.  It opened in the early 2000s when the shopping center, anchored by Barnes & Noble & Regal Cinemas, was built. Most employees and management were transferred to the chain’s five other Richmond locations, a sign on the door said.

World of Beer will open in the space later this year. No opening date was announced.

It’s an interesting trend. Neighboring chain restaurants such as the Chili’s and Applebee’s–both on the Short Pump Town Center property–recently closed as well. The former was demolished and is now a Matchbox Pizza restaurant; the latter is being remodeled and reopened as Cava Grill. Coincidentally, both chains are based in Washington, D.C.

Increasing competition from newer chains and local restaurants in the area have put a strain on older chain restaurants as tastes change. There’s no word on what led to the closure of the TGI Fridays specifically, however.

Read the full story from the RTD for more information on World Of Beer and their menu.

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