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Downey’s Closes For Good

Downey’s, the fast-food favorite that borders the Kent Plaza shopping center, is closing after 40 years under the ownership of Joe Downey. In 1971, Downey purchased the business from Bob and Margaret Graham, who had owned a Tastee-Freez franchise on the site since 1961. Downey continued to operate as a Tastee-Freez for the first 10 years of his ownership, and then changed the name. Downey, 91, said his age, a challenging economy and the expiration of a long-term lease contributed to his decision to close.