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(WBIR-Knoxville) The Applebee's restaurant on Kingston Pike near Papermill Drive will close at the end of the year.

Store managers said they couldn't work out an agreement to renew their lease, so they'll be searching for another location to replace the closed store.

Quality Restaurant Concepts runs the local Applebee's restaurants. A spokesperson with the company, Wade Crawford, said the Kingston Pike location is one of the first restaurants QRC ran in Knoxville.

Applebee's is offering the affected employees the opportunity to work at another restaurant in the area. Those locations include: Cedar Bluff, Oak Ridge, Central Avenue at Merchants Lane, Sevierville, Knoxville Center, and Alcoa.