ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The former Shoney's restaurant in St. Albans will be demolished next week to make way for possible future development.
Doug Skaff, Sr. of Skaff Developers, which owns the property, said the demolition is necessary to make the property more desirable to other developers.
"Most people that inquired could not use that building," he said.
Demolition is scheduled for Dec. 30, which was confirmed by Mayor Dick Callaway earlier Monday.
Skaff said there are about two to three potential buyers Skaff Developers is working with, but "nothing's concrete at this time" and rumors to the contrary aren't valid. One rumor circulating has connected the property with Ruby Tuesday's.
The property includes a parking lot that abuts MacCorckle Avenue and includes parking space in front of the old Shoney's and Captain D's. It is zoned commercial.
"It's a nice piece of property," Skaff said.
The Shoney's location in St. Albans closed after the morning shift on Sunday, Feb. 10. Until then, the restaurant had a presence in the community for at least the previous 50 years, and was the meeting location for several community groups.
One unique aspect of the St. Albans Shoney's was the "Red Dragon Room," the walls of which were adorned with St. Albans High School memorabilia.
Skaff said that whatever goes into the location, he intends to keep the St. Albans community in mind, noting the store's location "in the heart of St. Albans."
"We would like to put something there that the community would like to have," he said.
Skaff Developers is co-owed by Doug Skaff Sr. and Doug Skaff Jr., a state delegate whose district includes St. Albans, Tornado, South Charleston, Dunbar and Charleston's South Hills neighborhood.