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Arby's Roast Beef & Chuck Wagons (page 1)

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The first Arby's opened in 1964 in Boardman, OH and featured the Conestoga wagon style buildings and ten-gallon hat signs shown below. The roofs were originally yellow. By 1970, there were 250 locations. There are now more than 3,000 locations. The covered wagon building was phased out in the mid-1970s. Many have been adapted by other businesses. There are still many of the neon hat signs left other than those shown below. However, many have been replaced with smaller, plastic versions. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Arby's
Huntsville, AL
Arby's
Reno, NV
This Huntsville Arby's is one of a handful of locations that still uses the original building. However, the front of this one had been altered and expanded. This location was an Arby's from 1967-1973. Then from 1973-1985, it was used as a sub shop and two BBQ restaurants. It became an Arby's again in 1985. It had the original tile floor until it was replaced in 2010 [photo thanks Lance George]. The neon Arby's hat has been replaced with a modern one as well.

This Reno Arby's building is a modern style box. But it has what seems to be a modern yet unique chasing bulb and neon sign. I've never seen this style sign anywhere else.

Arby's
South San Francisco, CA
2008: 2014:
This Arby's has an intact covered wagon building. However, the neon hat sign was replaced with a plastic sign in 2014. Many locations across the country still have the original hat signs even if their buildings were replaced or remodeled. This location's original tile floor is also gone. For more, see this website.

Arby's [gone]
Redondo Beach, CA
This Arby's featured an intact building with Western theme tile floor and neon sign. Just a couple months after this photo was taken in 2008, the building was demolished.

Arby's
Huntington Beach, CA
This Arby's still has the original hat sign, covered wagon building, and tile floor.

Arby's
Dayton, OH
Arby's
Bartlesville, OK
Arby's
Laurel, MD
Arby's
Wichita Falls, TX
These Dayton and Laurel signs have well-preserved hat signs. The Laurel sign is from the late 1960s. It is the only one I have seen with the "Sandwich" on the bottom part of the sign and without the "Is Delicious" wording. The original sign from 1964 had the "Is Delicious". I believe these signs came in two sizes. The one in Bartlesville is an example of the smaller size. For more, see this website.

This Arby's in Wichita Falls was built in 1970. It features the original sign, building and tile floor. Around 2001, the original yellow roof was painted red upon the insistence of corporate headquarters. For more, see this website.

Arby's
Ventura, CA
Arby's
Kent, OH
This Arby's in Ventura features a vintage sign. The building has been remodeled and the original tile floor is gone.

This Arby's in Kent also features the original sign, building and tile floor. The front part of the building has been altered to create a dining room. Note that the "Delicious" on the sign has been changed to "Drive-Thru".

former Arby's
Decatur, GA
former Arby's [gone]
Doraville, GA
This former Arby's in Decatur was built in 1969. It housed "Athens Pizza Express" when this photo was taken in 2007. The tile floor still had the old Arby's steer and branding symbols at that point. The tile floor is gone now. Athens Pizza closed in 2010. The building then housed the "Kitsch'n 155" restaurant. The building now houses Sobban Korean Southern Diner. [map]

This former Arby's in Doraville housed "88 Tofu House" when this photo was taken in 2007. The building was vacant and boarded up in 2011. By 2014, the building had been demolished and replaced with a gas station.

former Arby's
Riverside, CA
former Arby's
Fresno, CA
This former Arby's in Riverside now houses Los Jilberto's Taco Shop.

This former Arby's in Fresno now houses Valley Auto Plaza, a used car dealership.

Kaya Restaurant [gone]
Cambridge, MA
East Coast Custard
Parma Heights, OH
This former Cambridge Arby's was remodeled for a Middle Eastern restaurant. It housed the Kaya Restaurant when this photo was taken in 2007. The restaurant closed in 2013 and the building was demolished.

This East Coast Custard has occupied this former Arby's since 1985. This was the company's first location. There are now five others. For more, see this website. [map]

former Arby's
Pueblo, CO
This former Arby's housed Ms. Paycheck when the first photo above was taken in 2004. By 2012, it was occupied by Rocco's Riverside Deli. [map]

former Arby's
Denver, CO
This former Arby's has housed Parkway Auto since at least 2004. These photos are from 2012. [map]

former Arby's
Durham, NC
former Arby's
Van Nuys, CA
This former Arby's in Raleigh now houses Raleigh-Durham Check Cashiers. [map]

This former Arby's in Van Nuys now houses a Tacos Mexico. [map]

Atlantic Fish N' Fry
Grand Rapids, MI
Biggby Coffee
East Lansing, MI
The former Arby's in Grand Rapids houses Atlantic Fish N' Fry. The building has been remodeled somewhat and the floor inside has been replaced.

This former Arby's in East Lansing now houses a Biggby Coffee. This was Beaner's Gourmet Coffee's first location. They opened here in 1995. The company's name was changed to Biggby Coffee in 2007.

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