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CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign location of a well-known Chicago-style pizza chain has closed after two-and-a-half years.

All the doors were locked Tuesday at Giordano’s at Market Place Mall, 2000 N. Neil St., and all the windows had been covered by white paper.

Market Place Mall General Manager Dennis Robertson confirmed that Giordano’s closed at the end of the day Monday.

“Plans for the future will be announced later,” Robertson said in an e-mail to News-Gazette Media.

Calls to franchise owner Pete Nicol were not immediately returned. Nicol opened the location in January 2017 with 85 employees as an anchor of the mall’s food court.

Giordano's spokeswoman Jessica Harris said the closure "was a business decision ultimately decided by the franchise owner."

"We are saddened by the decision of the franchisee to exit the market," she said in an email.

The restaurant, which featured an open view into the kitchen and a full bar, replaced family-style Italian eatery Buca di Beppo, which closed in January 2016 after a four-year run in the same location.

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Tim Mitchell is a reporter at The News-Gazette. His email is tmitchel@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@mitchell6).