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Marco’s Pizza closes its doors

Morning Journal/Mary Ann Greier The space that housed Marco’s Pizza at the corner of State and Lincoln in Salem stands empty after the business shut its doors unexpectedly Monday and removed all signage as workers carried boxes of stuff to their cars. A call to the Marco’s Pizza phone number for Salem said the location was no longer in business, but gave no reason for the sudden closure.

SALEM — A prime retail spot at the corner of State and Lincoln is now vacant after Marco’s Pizza unexpectedly closed Monday with no explanation, removing all signs of its existence and telling callers that the location “is no longer open for business.”

A worker at Family Video, which shares the same building at 120 N. Lincoln Ave., and is located in the space next door, said they didn’t know Marco’s was closing until the signs came down and they saw workers carrying boxes out. When asked if the video store was also closing, she said no.

There’s been a sign posted at the corner of the lot for some time now advertising the building for sale or lease, but the worker said plans call for Family Video to remain, but to occupy a smaller space in the building. The property is listed two different ways on the Legacy commercial property website at www.legacypro.com, either for sale or for lease.

On the sale listing, there’s a price tag of $849,000 for the building measured at 5,853 square feet. Under lease, there’s up to 4,350 square feet available. No price is listed for the lease cost. A message for comment was left at the phone number listed on the sign at 847-904-9200 but was not returned.

A message was also left at the Marco’s Pizza corporate offices in Toledo asking about the closure, but no call was returned. Marco’s Pizza, which has hundreds of locations across the nation, opened in Salem more than four years ago next to the Family Video and was open as recent as this past weekend before suddenly shutting the doors. The number of employees affected was unknown.

Julie Needs, executive director of the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center in Salem, which oversees economic development activities for the city, was surprised when she heard about Marco’s Pizza closing.

“I didn’t know anything other than they had extra space to lease,” she said regarding the building.

Her previous understanding from the leasing company, identified on the sign as Legacy, was that nothing was leaving. She did say, though, that it appeared the amount of square footage available for lease was increased.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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