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The Pizza Inn at 110 W. Fairfield Road is now shut down permanently after a temporary closure sparked by lack of business amid the pandemic.

HIGH POINT — A longtime south High Point restaurant has closed its doors for good, another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pizza Inn at 110 W. Fairfield Road initially closed March 11 with the intention of reopening, but it recently made the closure permanent and removed the signs from the building.

“It never fully recovered from the COVID pandemic,” owner William Simmons said. “It was running about 70% of previous sales and had a very hard time having any help — no employees.”

The restaurant, which was popular for its pizza buffet, originally opened in 1981.

Simmons, who also owns and operates a Pizza Inn in Shelby, took over as franchisee in 2010.

He said the restaurant managed to stay open a full year after the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 but did only about 20% of its normal amount of business, being limited to takeout service much of that time.

Simmons said he is not aware of any plans to open another Pizza Inn in the area.

“I’m 68 and fixing to retire in about a year and a half,” he said. “Personally, I won’t be doing any of them. There might be someone else who comes in. At one point, Pizza Inn corporate talked about buying that location, but it fell through at the very end.”

The pizza chain was founded in 1958 and is now a subsidiary of Rave Restaurant Group of Dallas, which owns, operates and franchises more than 230 Pie Five Pizza, Pizza Inn and PIE restaurants.

High Point was the only Triad Pizza Inn location, according to the chain’s website. The closest remaining restaurant is in Durham.

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