Chops Deli announces closing of Wrightsville Avenue location

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Chops Deli announced Wednesday morning that they will be closing their location at Wrightsville Avenue.

A post on the deli's Facebook page said, "it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the closure of our Wrightsville Avenue location."

The post continued, "we have been exploring multiple strategies to address problems within our businesses and closing this location makes a big difference for us as we continue to work ourselves out of this hole we've dug."

In June, Chops launched a GoFundMe to try and raise $100,000 to manage "crippling debt" the owners incurred during aggressive, but disorganized expansion efforts.

Owner Brad Corpening later told WECT that the deli was able to pay off some of the back taxes they owed to the state of North Carolina.

Despite those efforts, the Wrightsville Avenue location was forced to close just over a month later.

"We have been so grateful to be a part of the Seagate community over the past 6 years," the Facebook post stated. "But this transition provides us the opportunity to scale back and ensure that the remaining locations can receive their proper attention and be successful."

Chops Deli locations in downtown Wilmington, Monkey Junction, and Wrightsboro remain open.

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