After months of irregular hours, a sudden closure and notice being posted at its front door, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Casey Boulevard is expected to re-open early next month under new ownership.
On Feb. 25, an orange notice was posted at the front door of the frozen yogurt shop on behalf of the James City County Treasurer’s Office barring the movement of any business personal property under penalty of law. County Treasurer Jennifer Tomes said the shop’s owner had failed to pay excise food and beverage taxes since April 2018, and had three business days to pay its outstanding taxes before all equipment inside the store was repossessed and auctioned off.
Its previous owner, Kyle Bradley, was able to pay back the taxes within those three days after successfully selling the Menchie’s to its new owner, Williamsburg resident Philip Forgit. He said the sale of the restaurant officially closed last Wednesday.
“The sign was giving them notice that they had three days to pay the taxes, or we would auction off any equipment that was in the building,” Tomes said. “We have confirmation that payment has been sent, but we have not received the payment yet.”
Today, the Menchie’s remains closed, but it won’t stay that way for long. Forgit said he plans to reopen the frozen yogurt shop with a soft opening in the first week of April, and a grand re-opening toward the end of April.
“The previous owner had some difficulties, and we were in the process of trying to purchase it from him, and then it turned out that he owed some back taxes to the county, so that put a pause on the sale for a moment, but we were able to work through that,” Forgit said.
Work is underway to clean and prepare the store for re-opening, and Forgit said he is actively hiring new employees. Prior to purchasing the frozen yogurt franchise, he said he worked as the executive director of the Virginia Education Association for the past eight years, but was looking for a career change that would bring him closer to home.
He became interested in buying the shop after visiting his daughter, who previously worked there, and seeing the widespread appeal that frozen yogurt had.
“In the last eight months, I had been looking for a franchise and I wanted to be in Williamsburg,” he said. “I just happened to be eating frozen yogurt here one night, my daughter was working, and I just thought ‘this is a neat little business,’ because families, retirees and college kids are all coming in, it’s great.”
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is at 4645 Casey Blvd., Suite 100.
Jersey Mike’s Subs at 4655 Monticello Ave. #202 is participating in the company’s month-long fundraising campaign, Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving.
Throughout the month of March, The Williamsburg Jersey Mike’s will join more than 1,520 other locations across the country to partner with more than 200 local charities. Last year’s Month of Giving raised more than $6 million for local charities nationwide, according to a Jersey Mike’s news release.
The campaign culminates on March 27, the company’s nationwide Day of Giving event, when local Jersey Mike’s owners will donate their resources and proceeds to local charities.
The Williamsburg Jersey Mike’s will join 10 other Hampton Roads locations in donating to Troopster, a company focused on sending care packages to troops that have been deployed overseas.
“From the early days, it’s just what we’ve always done — give to give, as they say,” Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, said in the release. “This March, I invite you to visit Jersey Mike’s to help support an important cause in your neighborhood.”
For more information, visit jerseymikes.com/mog.
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