FRANKLIN, Tenn.- Before the month is over, Middle Tennessee's last TCBY frozen yogurt shop will be gone. The Cool Spring's location is the last store left, and after nearly a decade, the owners are closing up shop.
The economy has silenced many things in the world, and Middle Tennessee's last TCBY is no exception.
"Less people have been coming through the door." said owner, Nainesh Shah
With business down 90%, the cash register hardly makes a peep.
"We went from doing a $1000 business a day to $100 business a day," said Shah.
It wasn't always so silent for Nainesh and his wife, Jamini Shah. There was a time when this shop and two others did well.
Shah said it's not just the economy that hushed his prosperity, its an explosion of other frozen yogurt stores as well.
"With this new concept coming up, nobody is watching and you can have whatever you want. People are getting so crazy about it." he said.
Shah's first two TCBY stores shut down, and soon, so will his last.
"I am ready to get out because we gave over 15 years of hard working lives. In 15 years we've never had more than two days vacation."
But time off still might not be in Shah's future.
He's working two other jobs just to make ends meet, just to hear the noise of making money, a sound he's done without for so long.
"As long as my hands and legs are working, my brain is working, I'll make all this money back with my ability and my confidence."
Shah said he'll shut down within a week or ten days.
He said he's happy that other frozen yogurt stores are doing so well and does not blame them for the way things turned out.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:39:26 GMT
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