KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A local chain of barbecue restaurants in the Knoxville area abruptly shut their doors this week after more than a decade in business.

All six locations of Archer’s BBQ have been closed, a former managerial employee told WATE. Fire and Smoke, a West Knoxville steakhouse from the same owner, has also shut down after a few months in business.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported us for the past 13 years, including our employees. It is a tough time for the restaurant industry. Sales are down, costs are up.I went as far as I could go. Now it’s on to see what’s next in my life.”

Archer Bagley

The Memphis-style barbecue chain was founded in 2011 by Archer Bagley.

Social media pages for the restaurant are no longer visible and the website is currently down for maintenance.

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WATE’s Kristen Gallant spoke to several Archers BBQ employees who said they were shocked to hear about the closings

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with a statement from Bagley.