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Arby’s closes, sign comes down after 48 years in Fan

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 18:00:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. — After 48 years in business, the Arby’s on Broad Street in Richmond, across from the DMV, has closed its doors.

Work crews took the sign down Thursday morning.

The owner Dean Kovanes made the decision to close the location. His father Zach opened the franchise originally and passed it down to Dean. Dean’s brother Anthony also operates an Arby’s franchise in Ashland.

Owner Dean Kovanes on the last day.

Owner Dean Kovanes on the last day.

On Wednesday, April 20, Kovanes  closed the store at 3 p.m. He left a note on the front door thanking his employees and customers for all the support through the decades.

“It is with both joy and sadness that Arby’s at 2309 W. Broad Street will be closing its door for the final time,” Kovanes wrote.  “A lot has changed since we first opened our doors on August 26, 1968.”

Owner Dean Kovanes took a picture in front of the Arby's.

Owner Dean Kovanes took a picture in front of the Arby’s with his wife Stacy, daughter Katarina and son Zach.

“It’s the end of an era today as Arby’s closes it doors for the last time!” said customer Kimberly Nolan. “Dean and the crew will be greatly missed but happy to see what the next journey will be!”.

The last roast beef sandwich went to Bill Grogan, a long-time customer.

The last roast beef sandwich went to Bill Grogan, a long-time customer.

The last roast beef sandwich went to Bill Grogan, a long-time customer.

Before the sign was deconstructed, Kovanes took a picture at the sign with his family.

Not all local Arby’s have the old-fashioned hat sign out front. The Libbie and Brook Avenue locations still do.

The next closest Arby’s to the now-shuttered one is in Henrico past Willow Lawn, at Libbie Avenue.

Employees toast one last time

Employees toast one last time