Bodega chain to close its doors after nearly 20 years

The Bodegabe chain has shuttered its doors for good after 20 years.

The chain, which started as a convenience store, had been operating in Colorado Springs, but was closing up shop this week after a three-year hiatus.

It will reopen its doors at 8 p.m.

Wednesday.

Owner Chris D’Elia told the Colorado Springs Gazette the store closed in March because it was struggling financially.

He said the restaurant had about 1,600 employees.

The Denver Post reported last year that the chain had lost $4.3 million since 2007.

The company is not sure why the chain closed.

“We’re really sad to announce that we are closing Bodegas today,” a Bodegal spokeswoman said in a statement.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming new customers to our family of restaurants.”

The chain is one of the few fast-casual restaurants in the U.S. to keep open after a chain of fast-food restaurants closed.

In the 1970s, Bodegeas first location opened in Boulder.

The chain later moved to Colorado Springs.

The Bodegana chain began in 1965 and has since expanded to more than 2,000 locations across the U