CHARLESTON -- The Papa John's Pizza location on Lincoln Avenue will be closing within a week as part of plan to consolidate with the Mattoon space at a more centralized location. 

Jamie Cartwright, director of operations at Papa John's, said the Charleston location will be closed after May 26. The Papa John's location has served pizza from its spot on Lincoln since the mid-90s. 

Following the closure, Cartwright said the deliveries to Charleston will run out of the Mattoon location, before the a transition can be made to a new location.

The Mattoon store at 801 Lake Land Blvd. will close when its lease is up next year, and then a bigger and more modernized location will come online at a more centralized location between the two cities in the area near Walmart. The new location will be an updated restaurant to serve both communities. 

Cartwright said the location will offer services not available at the current establishments, like a drive-thru option. The new location will offer more convenience, he said. 

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The consolidation has been in the works for a number of years, Cartwright said, adding it made "better business sense" to do so.

This is the second business this month to announce plans to leave Charleston's main drag. Last week, it was announced Lawyer-Richie Florist would close May 25.

Papa John's is not the first pizza place to leave the city in the past few years. The city's roster of pizza restaurants grew to eight at one point before losing Marco's Pizza and Jerry's Pizza shortly afterward. 

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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