IHOP says Union Gap location isn't closing because of building size

UNION GAP, Wash. -- Dozens of workers will be out of a job when the IHOP in Union Gap closes next month.

The pancake house will shut down on Veteran's Day after more than 40 years in the area.

About 30 employees got the news this week. The owner tells KIMA he's closing because IHOP's corporate offices are moving away from the traditional A-Frame buildings that typically seat less than others.

However, corporate employees tell Action News the building size is not the reason why the Union Gap franchise isn't being renewed.

Customers are surprised.

"Sometimes we come on the weekends and ya can't get in because it's so crowded. You don't want to wait that long. So, I'm sorry," Carol Sharp said.

Christi Rowe says she worked at the restaurant for 16 years. She was fighting back tears when we asked her how she felt.

"It sucks," Christi said.