July 28, 2014 3:06:47 PM
There are no Bojangles Famous Chicken and Biscuits left in the Golden Triangle.
The Starkville location -- which was the first in Mississippi -- closed its doors Friday.
Bill Cunningham, who opened the restaurant in August 2010, confirmed this morning that he recently sold the restaurant. Cunningham, a Starkville resident, said the decision to sell was for personal reasons.
He declined to reveal who the buyer was, but said a "national chain restaurant" has plans to open at the site, which is at 500 Hwy. 12 -- right across from Strange Brew.
Last summer, Cunningham closed the Bojangles in Columbus on Highway 45 North and said at the time that that move was also for personal reasons. He had opened it in January 2012. Several months later, a Jack's opened at the Columbus location. Jack's is a Birmingham, Alabama-based fast food chain known for its burgers.
Bojangles restaurant began in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C. There are roughly 500 location in the U.S.
According to the restaurant's corporate website, the Starkville location was the only one in Mississippi. The closest one to the Golden Triangle is in Northport, Alabama, according to the website.
William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.
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