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Vincennes University giving local pizzeria the boot

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VINCENNES, IN (WFIE) -

Parish's Pizzeria is being forced to close its doors because Vincennes University is expanding it's campus. Owners and customers are angry because they're being forced out without fair compensation.

"We wanted to make better lives for ourselves so we thought we have the equipment and we wanted to see what we could do," owner Jamie Parish said.

Four years ago Jamie and his wife Marian open their pizzeria across from Vincennes University.

It's a favorite among students and families.

"I really like the bread sticks, pepperoni sticks are really good and pizza" Chris and Joel Sanders said.

"They've got the best bread sticks in town, they're big you know and you get your money's worth," Kendra Tracy said. 

Sanders and Tracy said they have been bringing their families to eat here since it opened.

Residents will have to get their fix in the next 30 days, before the doors are closed for good.

Vincennes University holds the deed to the property, but the Parish's are under a 15-year contract to purchase.  

"We've seen it happen over the years and we know it's part of the growth for the university, we've always supported the university and we will continue to support them," Jamie said.

Under Indiana's eminent domain laws, the university can seize the property for little to no money. And because the Parish's owe more money that what the property was appraised for, the university is only offering $100.

Owners say it's a slap in the face.  

"It's ridiculous, it's an insult," Jamie said.

"Everybody that has come through those doors has been our friends, they're not just customers, they're not just somebody that walks in the door and walks out of the door. They're friends of ours, once you come in here you're family," Jamie said. 

Owners say it's important for residents to show support on their Facebook page and to contact state legislators to reform eminent domain laws. 

Vincennes University did not return calls for comment.

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