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Porky’s in Salisbury closed, Spencer location in limbo

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to show that Porky’s II in Landis is no longer open. 

By David Purtell

david.purtell@salisburypost.com

The expansion of a local barbecue chain has hit a snag.

Porky’s IV, located at the intersection of Jake Alexander Boulevard and Lincolnton Road, closed in early February after opening last year.

The original Porky’s is in China Grove. Porky’s II in Landis closed late last summer. A Porky’s III, set for Spencer, was announced last year, but whether it will become a reality is up in the air.

Rick Register is the current owner of the restaurant in China Grove and was behind the expansion to Salisbury and Spencer.

Talking about why Porky’s IV closed, Register said, “We just weren’t doing the business we wanted to.”

He said the building in Salisbury needed to be bigger to accommodate more customers. Before Porky’s IV, Mario’s Diner was in the building.

Register said his lease on the building ends this month. A sign in the doorway at Porky’s IV urges people to go to Porky’s in China Grove.

Register and Joe Strickland, through Premier Development in Landis, bought most of the property at the plaza in Spencer in late 2013. Plans called for a Porky’s III to open last year in the plaza, but it hasn’t materialized.

A new Family Dollar store was built and is now open at the plaza, and Rowan Diagnostic Clinic opened a branch office there in February.

Register said a lot of factors are to blame for Porky’s III not opening, but he didn’t want to talk about the details. He said he wants to open a Porky’s in Spencer but is unsure if or when it will happen.

It’s tough running a restaurant business, he said.

Register said the China Grove location is doing very well.

The original Porky’s opened in 1999, and at one point there were five locations: China Grove, Kannapolis, Rockwell, Taylorsville and a previous one in Salisbury.

The Taylorsville Porky’s is still open.

Contact Reporter David Purtell at 704-797-4264.

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