Fuzzy’s Taco Shop locations temporarily closed


Photo by Jessica Spivey

The entrance to the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on West Clay Street in St. Charles. On the door, a sign is placed, informing potential customers of the store’s temporary closure.

Brooke Steffe, Reporter

For those craving Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, the closing of St. Louis locations might put a damper on any plans to visit a location for the next few months.

Earlier this month, it was announced that St. Louis and Columbia locations for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop would be temporarily closed. The locations in the St. Louis area that will be closing are the Webster Groves, Maryland Heights, Manchester, and St. Charles locations.

No official statements have been given to explain temporary closures.

Statements from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop imply that it has to do with the franchise group in the St. Louis market.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s CEO Paul Damico said, in a statement from the company, “Unfortunately, the franchise group in the St. Louis and Columbia markets made the decision to close their five locations.”

The Manchester location in the St. Louis market, however, did announce its reason for closing: staffing issues.

Currently, Fuzzy Tacos is looking for more opportunities to stay within the market. Not only are they looking for new franchise stores, but they are hopeful to bring Fuzzy’s Taco Shop back to the market as soon as they can.

No official statements regarding reopening dates for any of Fuzzy Taco Shops in the area have been given. Several stores, such as the St. Charles location, have expressed that they will come back on their Facebook pages.

No specific dates have been talked about. To stay updated on reopening dates, look toward Fuzzy’s Taco Shop social media accounts.

St. Charles’ Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was the fourth location in the St. Louis area. In July 2015, it was announced that this location would open in a space formerly occupied by a Church’s Chicken.

According to the St. Charles Building Commissioner at the time, Gregory Tate, this store would be 3,000-square foot area and have a makeover that would cost at least $350,000 in a statement in 2015.

After a few months, the location opened on Sept. 21, 2015. There, until its’ temporary closure this month, the location served various taco types, burritos, nachos, salads, and various drinks.