Ruby Tuesday restaurant closes its doors

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter

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Vancouver’s only Ruby Tuesday restaurant closed permanently on Wednesday, due to slumping sales, according to a spokeswoman from the Maryville, Tenn.-based chain.

The casual sit-down chain opened its Vancouver site in 2003 on the southwest corner of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 164th Ave. Ruby Tuesday purchased the location from George Sabin, owner of the City Grill steak house, which formerly operated there.

About 50 employees were affected by the closure. They were offered severance packages or an opportunity to work at another Ruby Tuesday location. The chain once operated about 800 locations worldwide.

In January, it announced plans to close underperforming sites battered by the slowdown in consumer spending and competitors such as Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries, which are also moving into the Clark County market.