Flat as a pancake: Union Gap IHOP demolished

Flat as a pancake: Union Gap IHOP demolished »Play Video
The IHOP at Valley Mall closed back in November. Photo by Michael Spears, Action News.

UNION GAP, Wash.  --  The Valley Mall IHOP was demolished Tuesday after closing its doors for good last November.

The popular restaurant chain was loved by many in town and served the area for more than 40 years.

Dozens were forced to look for a new job.

The owner told KIMA he's closing because IHOP's corporate offices are moving away from the traditional A-frame builidng.

A spokesperson for IHOP wouldn't comment but regulars say it's sad to see it go.

"My wife used to go in there, my daughters use to go in there all the time and eat. And, a lot of friends. It's been there a long time," said Joe Espinoza, who watched the demolition.

Many of you asked KIMA on our Facebook page whether another IHOP would be coming to town.

A spokesperson for the company said not at this time.

Union Gap told Action News that it has not received any building plans for that spot.