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Decades-old Thomasville restaurant may close

THOMASVILLE (AP) — Thomasville residents and travelers might only be able to dine on The Grill’s cheeseburgers and meat-and-veggie combos for a few more months.

Thomasville’s oldest operating restaurant could be closing in the next three months to make way for a Walgreen’s drug store. The Grill has been around since the 1940s.

It has some 25 or so employees in this Black Belt city, where “Help Wanted” signs aren’t exactly plentiful.

“There are so many people that say, ‘Where are we going to eat?’ ” said Kara Jordan, who has been a waitress at The Grill for three years. “I sympathize with them, but still I think, ‘Where am I going to work?’ ”

Hunter stopping point

The Grill has long been a stopping point for hunters who travel to Clarke County or those traveling up U.S. 43 between Mobile and Tuscaloosa for Alabama football games.

Charlie Gaston of Camden owns the building that houses The Grill. He did not return a message seeking comment from the Press-Register of Mobile.

Grill co-owner Craig Wells said he learned about an option to buy that was given to Walgreens a month ago.

The Chicago-based company has until March 10 to make a decision, then 30 more days after that to get a contract signed, Wells said.

‘In limbo’

“We’re definitely in limbo, but a little more info helps us know where we stand,” he said. “It’s very frustrating. I really hurt for my employees and my staff more than I do for myself.”

Wells said he looked into the possibility of moving the restaurant, but the $700,000 to $1 million price tag is too high.

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