MACON, Ga. — A North Macon restaurant closed abruptly this week.

The Metro Diner chain said Friday that they'd made the "difficult decision" to close their restaurant at 3710 Northside Drive.

The Florida-based chain opened their Macon location just over two years ago, in June 2017. At the time, they said they expected to hire more than 100 people.

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By email Friday, company spokesman Crafton Bryant IV wrote:

"We have made the difficult decision to close the Metro Diner location in Macon. This is strictly a business decision and is not a reflection of our team's dedication to serving the community. We understand that closing our location in Macon will affect the lives of our team members, and we are helping them with this transition including severance packages."

The Metro Diner chain, founded in Jacksonville in 1938, has more than 70 restaurants, stretching from south Florida to New Jersey.

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According to county tax records, the 4,300-square-foot building is valued at around $840,000.

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