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Golden Corral rebuilding area flagship store

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The Golden Corral restaurant at 6129 Glenwood Ave. is the unofficial area flagship store for the Raleigh-based buffet chain. Sitting just about a mile from the company's corporate headquarters, it is a popular spot for company executives who are testing out new ideas or simply stopping by for lunch.

The restaurant closed on Wednesday. Demolition of the 17-year-old building will begin tomorrow.

Golden Corral remodels its restaurants every seven years, said Lance Trenary, senior vice president of company operations.

"We're redoing it because the building really had outlived its usefulness," he said. "We knew we had to either remodel it or redo it. ... So if we're going to invest money in it, we decided this was the best thing to do."

The 60 people who worked in the restaurant are temporarily working at other Golden Corral locations, Trenary said. When the Glenwood Avenue restaurant reopens in late August, those workers will come back and up to 50 more people will be hired. The new store will be about the same size but will be designed to handle more customers.

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Retail reporter Sue Stock came to the N&O in 2004 and has been covering retail and shopping in the Triangle since then. She is the author of the popular Taking Stock blog and the weekly Retailing column. Contact Sue at 919-829-4649 or e-mail her.