Haunting and bizarre photos of abandoned fast-food restaurants

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An abandoned Friendly’s.
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Many fast-food chains are shutting down.

Ohio resident Nicholas Eckhart has been driving around since about 2011, taking fascinating photos of defunct retail institutions.

Eckhart runs the site Dead and Dying Retail, where he chronicles what he’s witnessed.

He can sense some trends with these ill-fated stores and fast-food outlets.

“They [the locations] seem like retail dead zones – even if there’s a new shopping center built nearby, they don’t seem that long,” he told Business Insider.

Other places, he said, seem abandoned overnight.

“Some places have just walked away overnight and left everything inside,” he said. “There was a restaurant that did that in my town – they just walked away overnight. They just left everything on the table and still looks the same today.”

Take a look at some of the fascinating photos Eckhart has taken:


This is an abandoned Friendly’s in Elyria, Ohio, as of 2014. It shut down in December 2013.

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Here’s a defunct KFC in Akron, Ohio.

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This building was formerly a Dunkin’ Donuts.

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This building in North Randall, Ohio, was formerly a Ponderosa Steakhouse.

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This building in Mansfield, Ohio, was once a Chi-Chi’s.

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Here is a defunct White Castle in Mansfield, Ohio.

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Here is a former Old Country Buffet and C1 Buffet in Huber Heights, Ohio.

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This is a dead Charleys Philly Steaks in Massillon, Ohio.

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This was a Beef Corral and an Arby’s at the Euclid Square Mall in Euclid, Ohio.

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This Ground Round in Elyria, Ohio, according to Eckhart’s captions on Flickr, allegedly didn’t pay its rent — owing over $91,000. By August 2013, the renters were locked out of the building.

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This was a Taco Bell in Cambridge, Ohio.

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This Quiznos in Bedford, Ohio, shut down.

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You’ve seen dead fast-food chains …

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