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JUST IN: Applebee’s franchise owner breaks silence about local restaurant closing

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 8:02 AM

All employees of Wilmington Pike Applebee's have been offered employment at other Dayton area locations, spokeswoman says.

The restaurant franchise company that operates Dayton-area Applebee’s Grill & Bar locations has broken its silence about Saturday’s abrupt closure of its restaurant on Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp..

The restaurant’s manager, when reached by phone Saturday afternoon, referred all questions to Robin Jenkins, brand manager for team member and guest engagement for RMH Franchise Holdings, the Atlanta-based company that operates Applebee’s locations in 15 states, including Ohio.

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Email and phone messages left Saturday, June 9 with Jenkins elicited an email response on Tuesday, June 12, confirming that the Wilmington Pike restaurant did indeed close on Saturday, and adding that all employees of the closed restaurant “were offered employment” at other Dayton-area Applebee's.

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Jenkins did not respond to questions about how many employees were affected by the closure. She also said she “cannot comment on the factors that led to this closure.”

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“We greatly appreciate our neighbors' patronage and look forward to continuing to serve guests at the nearby Applebee's restaurants in the area,” the RMH spokeswoman said. 

Customers who showed up to dine at the Sugarcreek Plaza restaurant on Saturday were given a $10-off coupon for two other local Applebee’s locations at 1795 Delco Park Drive in Kettering and at 105 N. Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) just north of the Dayton Mall. 

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Atlanta-based RMH Franchise, which also has corporate offices in Lincoln, Nebraska, purchased all of the Applebee’s in central and southwest Ohio from a Lexington, Ky. franchise company in late 2013, a transaction that more than doubled the number of Applebee’s restaurants run by RMH. Just before that transaction closed, three Applebee’s locations in southwest and central Ohio, including one at 1450 W. Dorothy Lane in Kettering and others in Milford and Dublin, shut down. The Kettering space now houses an El Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant.

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When the purchase was complete, a spokesman for Applebee’s corporate said his company was committed to working with the new franchise owner to expand the Applebee’s footprint.

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“RMH is a strong, growing franchise partner, and they are committed to sustainable growth” in its markets, including southwest Ohio, Applebee’s spokesman Dan Smith said in December 2013. 

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      Small earthquake detected in Mexico City after national team beats Germany 

      Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 6:20 PM

      MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 17: Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images)
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      MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 17: Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images)(Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

      Fans cheering the national team’s win over Germany created an “artificial quake” that tipped the Richter scale, according to reports

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      Seismologists at two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up readings when Hirving Lozano scored 35 minutes into Mexico’s 1-0 upset over defending champion Germany Sunday, according to USA Today

      Officials at the California Earthquake Center told USA Today the induced quake likely generated a 2 on the Richter scale and would have gone unnoticed by the public if it were a typical earthquake. 

      Germany became the third defending champion to lose in its opening match in the last 16 years. Mexico next plays Korea Republic June 23. 

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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      2 dead after Osaka hit with massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake

      Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 10:55 PM

      Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018.  A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (Kyodo News via AP)
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      Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (Kyodo News via AP)(Yohei Nishimura/AP)

      A massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck outside Osaka Monday morning, leaving at least two dead and 41 injured.

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      The quake registered around 8 a.m. with an initial strength of 5.9, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

      There was no tsunami threat however morning commutes were disrupted as trains were not running and power was out to many homes, according to the Japan Times

      Kansai Electric Power Co. said nuclear plants in Fukui Prefecture were operating normally.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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      23-foot python swallows woman whole, reports say

      Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

      Woman Swallowed Whole By Python

      A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole.

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      According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a "snake with a bloated belly" and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported.

      Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then "found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris said.

      Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python.

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      This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service.

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      2 people shot at Washington Walmart

      Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

      File photo. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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      Police are responding to reports of a shooting inside the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington. 

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      The fire department told KIRO7.com they are calling it a "mass casualty incident" and confirmed at least two people were shot.

      The Walmart is about 62 miles from Seattle.This is a developing story. Check back with KIRO7.com for updates.

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