Owners, Glen and Sharon Meadows, Thank Their Loyal Customers
Wally’s is closing its doors. The following is a message from owners Glen and Sharon Meadows.
To our loyal customers – this is a message from Glen and Sharon Meadows. After 34 years in the day to day operation as Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge … Saturday March 18th will be our last day of operation. We are retiring from the restaurant business.
Words cannot express our appreciation for many many years of support from the East Ridge and North Georgia communities. We also want to thank our hundreds of employees throughout the 34 years who worked side by side with us serving our community. Thank you to the ones that remained with us in coming back after the pandemic. A very special thanks to those who will walk out the door with me on our last day.
Thank you to my adult children that literally grew up in the restaurant. David was 2 when we started in 1989. He put in many hours in all areas of the business. He has since made a career in the logistics business. Allison was born in 1997, 8 years after opening in East Ridge. She worked several years with us and now lives in another state supporting her husband in his pursuit of becoming a physician. Special thanks to my wife of 40 years that has listened to all of my restaurant stories. She retired from Southern Champion Tray almost 23 years ago to help with office administration.
Several years back I began learning residential development and home building. As a result, I worked to achieve a residential and commercial construction licenses in both Tennessee and Georgia. I will now focus full time on my building and development projects.
What will happen on my corner is to be determined, the property is under contact. Several development options are being considered. Rumors have been going around since 2019 about what is happening with the property. It has been a great place to raise a family and run a business. But it is time for something new, bright and shiny at corner of I-75 and Ringgold Road.
My original partner in the business was the late Tony Kennedy. He bought Wally’s on McCallie Avenue in 1975. He was close friends with my mom and dad. He taught me so much and gave me the opportunity to grow in both the restaurant and the real estate business. I started my restaurant career at age 12 working at Wally’s on McCallie Avenue. I worked there until age 25 working through college to earn my BS degree in finance. I thought briefly about going into the banking world and was offered a job at American National Bank but through some twist and turns, I ended up becoming a partner with Mr. Kennedy at our East Ridge location. My youngest brother Gary owns and operates Wally’s on McCallie Avenue. It will continue to operate as normal.
After working 45 plus years in the restaurant business, I am ready to retire from that and move onto my next venture.
I am blessed and it has been a pleasure working alongside many great people and serving our community.
Thank you all,