BY TOM BUSSELBERG
WOODS CROSS – In the heat of the summer, the store that never closes did. The Denny’s beside the I-15 Woods Cross/Bountiful 2600 South exit appeared to mysteriously shut down.
Then, as if with the onset of fall, the parking lot around Winger’s was suddenly empty.
“It just disappeared one day,” said Tim Stephens of the Denny’s. Stephens is Community Development Director for Woods Cross City, in which the Denny’s building is located.
He said it appeared to be strange that such a restaurant would close. Especially one that frequently appeared to be busy feeding hungry travelers and locals.
“I can’t answer why it closed,” said Rob Moore, Vice President Retail Specialist with Coldwell Banker Commercial.
He said his office was retained to list and market the property.
“We are working with several potential clients,” he said.
Moore could not confirm who those clients might be, as is typical when negotiations for a lease are under way.
He would only answer “yes” when this reporter asked if any regional or national chains were among those showing interest in the building.
One restaurant group showing interest would be new to Davis County and Utah, should they sign a lease contract, Moore said.
County recorder records indicate the Marie P. Joslin Family Limited Partnership of Pine Valley, Utah is listed as the building owner.
Attempts by the Clipper for comment were unsuccessful.
The building that housed Winger’s is owned by Chasebrook Company, which Travis Williamson, property manager, called a real estate developer.
He said the company owns what is referred to as the Commons in West Bountiful, mentioning that it includes Cafe Rio and Michael’s.
“I can just tell you they moved out,” Williamsen said of Winger’s.
He added that Winger’s has pulled out of other locations, such as the busy Fort Union shopping area in Salt Lake County.
“We’re planning to redevelop the area,” Williamson said, adding that plans are still “in process.”
As far as any timeline he said, “It’ll most likely be next year,”