It appears Wendy’s Restaurant’s closing will last longer than first thought.
The Havre franchise, which closed its doors earlier this year following a lawsuit filed by Wendy’s International Inc., will keep those doors closed and now hopes to sell the 1st Street building to someone else.
According to court documents filed last week, BZB Enterprises, the Havre-based franchisees Bradley Dugdale Sr., Bradley Dugdale Jr. and Zachary Dugdale, now have until Monday, April 30, to respond to Wendy’s complaint.
“A preliminary conference to develop a case management plan will be held at 2 p. m., on May 9, 2012, ” according to another court document.
After the initial complaint, BZB shut down its 11 Wendy’s restaurants across Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
BZB’s attorney Jack Quatman said they had already reached an agreement where four of the restaurants would stay closed or be sold, including the Havre restaurant as well as operations in Walla Walla and Yakima, Wash.
The other seven restaurants are reopening with a new general manager to keep an eye on all of them.
“They hired a general manager to make the operation easier, ” Quatman said. “Now it’s state-of-the art, and it’s just buzzing right along. ”
The Havre restaurant just went on sale this week, through Northern Land and Real Estate.
While realtors have shown the building a few times already, no serious offers have come up yet.
None of the Dugdales could be contacted through any of this process.