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Chompz restaurant to move into former Hardees building

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A restaurant is moving into a Quincy neighborhood.

The restaurant plans to relocate to the former Hardee's building at 12th and Jefferson.

The Hardees closed about three years ago and residents said they hate to see it sit empty.

However, there are now plans in the works to change that and give this building a new life.

The former Hardees building on 12th and Jefferson in Quincy won't look the same for very long.

Vacant for almost three years now, a restaurant in town plans to change that.

"We're moving to a new location," Chompz owner Steve Bunch said. "I know there's been a lot of speculation about that, but we have purchased the building."

Chompz Great American Grill will soon make the space its new home.

Bunch said they plan to relocate from their current spot on Broadway.

"We're now going to operate Chompz there," Bunch said. "We were looking for a location that had a drive-thru and that was available."

It's a long-awaited development to a Quincy neighborhood that residents say will bring new life to the area.

"We need new restaurants on the west part of Quincy," Quincy resident Marty Owlsey said. "Since that Hardees closed down, there's not really much at all."

"It'll be good, you don't have to drive as far for something to eat," Quincy resident Richard Herron said.

Bunch said the new spot will allow for drive-thru pickup, new items on the menu, and more kitchen space. He also plans to remodel the exterior of the building.

He said the new location also brings back memories.

"When we moved to Quincy in 1963, we grew up at 14th and Jefferson," Bunch said. "When the Hardees was moved across the street, my mother, brother, and sister all worked there, so here we are years down the road, it's kind of like coming home."

Quincy residents said they're happy to see an old building put to new use.

"Hopefully it opens people's eyes and makes them see what it could be, instead of what it is," Herron said.

Bunch said the current location will remain open, while they are moving into the new site.

He said the plan is to open in this building in October.

Bunch also owns Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Zoup! He said those will stay on Broadway.

However, he does not own the buildings, so he said he's not sure what will happen with space when Chompz moves out.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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