published Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Chamber, entrepreneurs; Krystal departure 'no big economic loss'

 Krystal's Chattanooga headquarters
Krystal's Chattanooga headquarters
Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CHATTANOOGA — What does it say that the new owners of a restaurant chain born in Chattanooga, would choose to celebrate its 80th anniversary by moving its corporate headquarters to Atlanta?

"We're disappointed, but not surprised," says J.Ed Marston, Marketing Director for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. "The owners are Atlanta-based, and there's no way that Metro Airport could duplicate what Hartsfield(-Jackson) has in terms of service."

Krystal Chief Executive Officer Doug Pendergast cited "greater air travel options" as a primary reason when he formally announced the move Wednesday.

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