COTTONWOOD -- The Sizzler Restaurant that has occupied the prime southeast corner of SR89A and SR260 in Cottonwood is reportedly closing its doors Nov. 1.
Sherry Cline, who has managed the restaurant for most of 20 years, says many employees who have worked there for a similar time period are seeking other jobs elsewhere. She expects to work through November to liquidate the property and close the building.
The word has been widely leaked both that Sizzler is closing and that the Maverik Corporation is buying the land. Rick Rosenzweig, a Cottonwood commercial real estate agent who has offered the land for the owners, had been trying to attract a replacement restaurant to use the building, when Maverik approached.
The agent said the property is still in escrow because there has been difficulty working out an arrangement with the Department of Transportation over access. Because it is located so close to the intersection, ADOT is demanding right-in, right-out entrances on both SR89a and SR260, which makes it difficult for a gas station-based convenience store.
If Maverik does close and acquire the property, plans call for razing the existing building and constructing a new structure double the size of the Maverik store now located at SR89A and Mingus Avenue, which is 2300 square feet on a half-acre property.
The nearly 1.4-acre Sizzler property has been owned by Freer-Buchanan, partners who have operated Sizzler and other restaurant and other chains in Northern Arizona for years. The partners originally built the 5940-square-foot Cottonwood restaurant building in 1991.
They had at one time intended to build another restaurant in Sedona, but that proposal was never constructed.
The partnership still owns the Cottonwood land, but the building on the land is owned by another company of close family members.