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#1 earth_spirit

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 03:19 PM

Several years ago I was reading through the Haunted Places Index on theshadowlands.net and happened to notice a listing for a haunted Arby's restaurant in Colorado Springs, CO:

Colorado Springs - Arby's - around 1996 to 1997 a manager was shot in the Arby's parking lot by one of her own employees. Several things happen here, for instance whispering in the lobby, things moving from where you had put them to somewhere else in the store. so far the things have only happened when the person is alone. People have seen a lady walk from the front of the kitchen all the way out the back door. Sometimes when the opener is alone in the morning they may here their name being called by a man. When you close the store and put the chairs up the same 12 chairs every night will be found the next morning or later that night down again when NO ONE was anywhere near them. many other things happen there it is a very scary place.

There was no address listed, but I remembered there was an Arby's on E. 31st that had shutdown suddenly back in the late 90's. I ate there several times and was rather startled to pull into the parking lot one day to see that the place was locked up and deserted. Why would a popular fast-food restaurant like Arby's suddenly shutdown when it was located in a high traffic area next to several popular tourist attractions? It didn't make sense to me, but I soon forgot about it. Oddly enough, the little one hour photo booth in the bank parking lot next door also folded up at the same time and never re-opened.

I don't recall ever hearing about an Arby's manager being shot at that location, but it all made sense once I read the story in the Haunted Places index. I recalled that this particular Arby's was an older one, probably built in the 70's, and rather than having booths or tables, it had about a dozen or so bar stools pushed up against a long counter top in the front of the store. I remembered that the employees would invert the bar stools on the counter at night so the floors could be mopped, and then they'd set them down again in the morning when the day shift came in. It definitely fit the description of the Arby's I knew since the one on Garden of Gods Rd. was more modern and only had booths rather than chairs.

With all this in mind, I had planned on taking some pictures of the place the next time I was in Colorado Springs. Imagine my surpise when I got there on March 3rd, 2006 and saw this instead:
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What was once an Arby's and a FotoMat is now the future home of the Bank of Broadmoor. Somehow I feel that whoever or whatever was causing the disturbances at the Arby's is still there, tied to that particular spot of ground. I wonder how long it's going to take before bank tellers start gossiping about things missing or chairs that won't stay put? ;)
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Posted 06 March 2006 - 09:14 PM

You'll have to check it out the next time you are there, after the bank opens, and ask if there are any incidents in the new building.
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 03:20 PM

When I first realized that this was the same Arby's in the Haunted Places index, my gut feeling was that whatever was generating all this paranormal acitivity was probably so strong that it was interfering with business. Word gets around fast, and when after person after person quits because of strange things they can't explain, people will eventually quit applying for work there. Who knows? Maybe the owner got a good scare himself and decided it was time to leave. All I know is that the property sat vacant for at least six years before the Bank of Broadmoor bought it.

I might make a few inquiries in the future if I can, but since my ex-wife has been in the banking business for the past 25 years, I can tell you that banks are very tight-lipped about anything out of the ordinary going on within their walls. I know their policy is to never acknowledge things like employee theft or clerical errors, so I'm sure the folks at the Bank of Broadmoor won't be calling a press conference the first time some spook pops up in vault :)

But who knows? After all, isn't it human nature to want to tell other people when we hear "things that go bump in the night?"
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:45 AM

I was wondering what Arby's they were tallking about!

Great research earth_spirit! I'm not real familiar with that part of town (we live out east near Schriever AFB) but I think I may just have to inquire about it... that's if they've finished building the bank there anyway....

Also on that same website (the shadowlands one) they talked about the British Home Shop. Just thought I'd let you know, we contacted the business owners and they've since changed locations (without any experiences at the new location) and the new business at their old location hasn't experienced anything out of the ordinary... So no clue what happened there.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:47 AM

I saw this post and did some checking. The haunted Arby's is actually located at 1312 North Academy Blvd just north of the Citadel Mall and is still standing. Found this blog from 2010 on it. http://www.examiner....orkaholic-ghost




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