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Two Canadian chain restaurants call it quits at neighbouring Metro Vancouver locations

Say so long to two chain restaurants with dwindling - or extinguished - presences here in Metro Vancouver.
Harvey's burgers. The Ontario-based fast food chain is closing its last remaining Metro Vancouver location this week. Photo: Harvey's/Facebook

It’s been a rough year for restaurants and it’s not getting any easier thanks to COVID-19.

The latest big chain restaurant closures can be found in Port Coquitlam, where both Swiss Chalet and Harveys will be closing their neighbouring locations in Fremont Village on Hawkins.

According to a posted notice, the final day of business will be Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Both restaurant chains are owned by Recipe Unlimited Corp., which saw system sales fall more than 55 per cent in its most recent quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted dining room closures across Canada.

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The company owns Montana's restaurants and earlier this year closed its outlet in Coquitlam Centre permanently.

The Vaughan, Ont.-based company recently said its system sales in its second-quarter totalled $389.8 million, down 55.3 per cent or $481.5 million from $871.3 million in the same quarter the previous year.

There is one remaining Swiss Chalet location in Metro Vancouver, which is in Burnaby. Elsewhere in B.C., there is a Swiss Chalet in West Kelowna. Swiss Chalet's Surrey outpost no longer appears on the corporate locations listings. There are now no more Harvey's locations in Metro Vancouver; a location at 946 Granville Street in downtown Vancouver closed in 2019.

With additional reporting from Vancouver Is Awesome