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Pepper's Pizza closing tonight, owner cites declining business for last 4 years

This post is by Chapel Hill News correspondent Matt Goad:

Pepper's Pizza, a popular Chapel Hill eatery for students and townies alike for more than 25 years, will be closing for good today, according to owner Pepper Harvey.

"Downtown is just not busy enough to support us anymore," Harvey said. "The last three years has just been a struggle for us."

Harvey blames expanded on-campus dining choices for the demise of the restaurant.

Pepper's changed locations from 127 E. Franklin to 107 E. E. Franklin in 2006, but Harvey says the change did not affect business for the first two or three years.

In the last four years, however, Harvey said, business is down 40 percent, and he just cannot remain open.

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