by Aaron Burns

HUNTERSVILLE – CiCi’s Pizza, known for its pizza buffet, will serve its patrons in Huntersville for the last time on Feb. 10.

The company, located off Reese Boulevard, has been in business for 10 years, but franchise owner Alan Springate decided to permanently close the restaurant’s doors. Springate did not respond to messages left by the Herald Weekly over several days.

The closing hit home for store manager Robert Trevillian, who operated CiCi’s in Huntersville from the time it opened to its closing.

“It’s been great to watch the community grow,” Trevillian said. “We were going from serving parents who didn’t have kids to those same parents taking their 7-8-year-olds to CiCi’s regularly.

“It’s been a rough few weeks (leading up to the closing).”

Trevillian – who worked for US Airways for 18 years before operating CiCi’s – said the restaurant should leave an indelible mark on the community at large.

“You hire a kid when they’re 16, and time flies, now they’re out in the world and successful,” he said.

The restaurant also did its part to help other organizations in the community, he added.

CiCi’s worked with Joe Gibbs Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, and CaliCos Haven, a local nonprofit, in various capacities during the decade. CiCi’s, founded in 1985, has 545 locations across the U.S.

Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson said the restaurant’s closing comes at an unfortunate time, as the area continues to grow.

“It’s always sad to see a (local) business close,” said Ferguson, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation.

“We hope to see another business fill this space in the near future.”

Trevillian said the closing brought back special memories to him, but he wishes he could’ve been able to make more.

“It’s been so great to be a part of the community,” he said. “You feel like you’re part of a big family. I’m going to miss it.”