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Mattoon Scotty's remaining open

The locally owned Scotty’s Brewhouse at the Cross County Mall is slated to remain open despite the recent closure of the remaining corporate owned locations.

MATTOON -- The Scotty’s Brewhouse location in Mattoon will continue operating despite the recent closure of Scotty’s Holdings, LLC's remaining corporate owned locations.

The Mattoon location, which is part of the Cross County Mall, will remain open because it is owned by mall owner Rural King Realty, LLC and was just managed by the Scotty’s Brewhouse team.

Blake Pierce, director of real estate for Rural King, said this Mattoon based company will now assume the management role going forward for the Scotty's location at the mall. He shared this information in a letter to the Mattoon Scotty’s employees.

"We have been aware this outcome was a possibility for quite some time and have taken steps to be prepared," Pierce wrote to the employees. He added that, "From a day-to-day operations standpoint, we anticipate no substantial changes for you or your job responsibilities."

Pierce said Rural King is a "nearly 60-year-old, financially strong and stable company." He said they are well equipped to support the restaurant, as the Mattoon headquarters office of more than 300 employees currently provides support to the company's 9,000 plus associates at its 115 plus locations.

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"Aside from our retail operations, we also have experience supporting a wide range of other related businesses, such as warehousing, logistics, trucking, real estate, insurance, etc. You should take comfort in having a strong, local back office team now supporting you and this restaurant," Pierce said

The Mattoon Scotty’s opened in December as part of changes to the Cross County Mall since Rural King took ownership. The Mattoon Rural King store was relocated to the former Sears space at the east end of the mall in January, and a new Marshall’s department store is scheduled to open later this year in the front central area of the mall.

On Saturday, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported that the last four Scotty’s locations in Indiana permanently closed that day, according to a statement from the Indianapolis based corporate ownership. The Business Journal also reported that the independently managed Scotty’s locations in Champaign, Illinois and in Oxford, Ohio, will remain open.

At least 15 Scotty’s or Scotty’s-related locations have closed since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December, the Business Journal reported.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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