Halo Burger closes two more restaurants in Genesee Co.

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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (1/6/17) - The company's CEO and part owner, Chance Richie, tells ABC12 News the population near the Richfield Road store has changed in the past few years, so the restaurant wasn't getting enough traffic to support business.

That's the same reason why the location on Fenton Road was closed this past September.

And while it was a tough move, Richie says these closures are a positive for the future of Halo Burger.

"2016 was a great year for us, even though it was the first year for us to own the brand. I mean transaction counts are up close to 20% from where they were year over year and we're back up to 2013 levels, so I mean it's a really positive story. And, you know, this consolidation to the remaining stores is nothing but good for the brand," Richie explained.

Both the Richfield Road and Fenton Road restaurants also needed improvements and Richie says they didn't want to waste money. They'll invest that in the nine other locations still remaining throughout this area that are doing well.

While a few people have lost their jobs, Richie says most of them have been moved to other locations.

We spoke with the floral shop owner across the street who says she's shocked to see it go. And she's actually seen a number of people driving through - who weren't aware it was closing today.

The Mount Morris location also closed for now. It was connected to a convenience store and Richie said with the lease being up, they wanted to move to a different location where the restaurant can stand alone.

They are working to find a new location in the Mount Morris area, though, which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks and then opened by the end of 2017.

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