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Loyal Shoney's customers come to say goodbye

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ST. ALBANS, West Virginia -

People in St.Albans said goodbye to an old friend this weekend.

The Shoney's in St.Albans was packed Sunday. Owners announced they would be closing the location permanently at the end of business Sunday evening.

A manager at the restaurant said the current economy and the drop in customers following the recent closure of the Nitro St. Albans Bridge lead the owners to the decision to close.

In the decades since the location opened many customers had grown to love the traditional food. Many have taken generations of their family there for meals.

"It has been here a long time," said St. Albans resident Lana Taylor.  "A lot of people come here after church. A lot of people come here on Friday for fish and seafood. It is going to be a loss to the community."

Several other local Shoney's restaurants have also closed in recent years.