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Hit the road Jack: Stillwater Jack in the Box closes, students predict replacement restaurant

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Jack in the Box in Stillwater is permanently closed.

Another business on Hall of Fame Avenue in Stillwater is permanently closing its doors.

Jack in the Box, a fast food restaurant that has hosted a location in Stillwater since 2012, boarded its doors and windows and removed all company signage and promotion materials.

Justin Minges, president of Stillwater’s Chamber of Commerce, confirmed the closing on Sunday, but is unsure why the restaurant shut down.

“All we know is it’s closed,” Minges said. “We don’t have any info about the circumstances around the closure. We plan on connecting with their corporate office and determine who the decision maker is for the property. Our goal will be to find another concept to repurpose the space.”

With its closing, Jack in the Box is now the third prominent business on Hall of Fame Avenue to close since December 2019, with Zaxbys and Hall of Fame Book Trader being the other two.

While some Stillwater-based Jack in the Box fans are upset, others are looking forward to the restaurants that could replace it.

In an online O’Colly survey, the majority of respondents selected Popeyes as the new restaurant they want to see in town.

Other suggestions included Dunkin Donuts, Culvers, Torchy’s Tacos and In-N-Out Burger.

Some respondents also suggested that former town staples such as Goldie’s Patio Grill and Fazoli’s should return.

“In a past life, my family owned a wholesale produce company which serviced the Stillwater Goldie’s location,” said OSU student Brodie Myers. “They put food on the Myers table, and often, it was their own food. Every long-time Stillweigan probably has a Goldie’s story themselves, and like myself, would swoon at its return.”

The vacant space could have many restaurants fighting over it too. According to Minges, the location could be attractive thanks to its long drive thru capabilities.

“We would look for another restaurant concept who needs/prefers a drive thru,” Minges said. “I think we’ve entered a phase where drive-thrus will garner a premium and will be sought after around the country. We just need to find a concept that both wants a drive-thru and is comfortable entering a market of our size.”

This story will be updated.

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