Haunting photos of deserted fast food restaurants

Many fast food chains are shutting down.

19-year-old Ohio resident Nicholas Eckhart has been driving around since about 2011, taking fascinating photos of defunct retail institutions.

Eckhart runs the site Dead and Dying Retail, where he chronicles what he’s witnessed.

He can sense some trends with these ill-fated stores and fast foot outlets. “They [the locations] seem like retail dead zones — even if there’s a new shopping center built nearby, they don’t seem that long,” he said to Business Insider.

Some places, he said, seem abandoned over night. “Some places have just walked away overnight and left everything inside,” he said.

“There was a restaraunt that did that in my town — they just walked away overnight. They just left everything on the table and still looks the same today.”

Take a look at some of the fascinating photos Eckhart has taken.

This building was formerly a Dunkin Doughnuts.

This building in North Randall, Ohio was formerly a Ponderosa steakhouse.

This building in Mansfield, Ohio was once a Chi-Chi's.

Here is a defunct White Castle in Mansfield, Ohio.

Here is a former Old Country Buffet and C1 Buffet in Huber Heights, Ohio.

This is a dead Charley's Philly Steaks in Massilon, Ohio.

This was a Beef Corral and an Arby's at the Euclid Square Mall in Euclid, Ohio.

This Quizno's in Bedford, Ohio shut down.

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