Former Bob Evans from Dunkirk becomes a financial institution | News, Sports, Jobs


Pictured left: Daniel J. Heitzenrater Executive Assistant to the Chautauqua County Executive; Richard Purol, overseer of the city of Dunkirk; Juan Pagan, member of the board of directors of the city of Dunkirk; John Felton, Managing Director of Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union; Mel Feather, Chairman of the SCFCU Board; Ryan Olson, President GL Olson; and Randall S. Knisley, Larson-Karle Architects and Taras Korol, vice president of GL Olson.

New life is coming to a premier property near the Route 60 Thruway interchange.

The Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union (SCFCU) announced in a press release that it is redeveloping the old Bob Evans restaurant building. She plans to open a branch there this fall.

Construction work on the site began in April and is continuing. A banner placed on the letter board below the Bob Evans sign signals the presence of the SCFCU.

According to the press release, “We currently have branches in Clymer, Lakewood, Jamestown, Cherry Creek and Brocton. Additionally, SCFCU operates three branches based in secondary schools supervised by SCFCU staff, run by students. We have long wanted a location in the north of the county.

The SCFCU thanked Dunkirk Town Supervisor Richard Purol and County Director General PJ Wendel for their assistance.

The branch of the credit union will replace a restaurant that was once very popular, but whose sales declined due to labor issues that negatively affected service. Still, Bob Evans held on until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. With its dining room closed, the restaurant tried to get by for a few weeks with take out orders.

However, by the end of April, it had closed completely and permanently. A “for sale” sign appeared on property by summer.

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