Former Hermitage Perkins razed

An excavator demolishes the former Perkins restaurant Monday in Hermitage.

A construction crew was in Hermitage Monday to begin demolition of the former Perkins restaurant on East State Street.

The restaurant had been closed since 2019, after a dispute between the Perkins parent company and a regional franchisee. The parent company accused Campbell Land Company, a Monroeville-based developer that owned 26 Perkins restaurants — including Hempfield Township and Grove City — in western Pennsylvania.

All of the Mercer County Perkins restaurants closed in 2019 after Campbell Land Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Hempfield Township location reopened under another name before it was destroyed by fire in September 2019 and the Grove City restaurant closed a week before the Hermitage site shut down.

Hermitage officials approved consolidation of the former Perkins property with an adjoining location, and a site plan by Hutton Car Wash to build a new business at the location.

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