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SALT LAKE CITY — Marie Callender’s is leaving Utah.
Shortly after closing 29 restaurant locations, including the only two in Utah, Perkins & Marie Callender’s LLC filed for bankruptcy.
Marie Callender’s closed 19 locations Sunday, and Perkins closed 10, a statement from the company shows. Utah’s two Marie Callender’s restaurants, in Layton and Salt Lake, were among those recently axed, but Salt Lake’s Perkins Restaurant and Bakery will remain open, Nation's Restaurant News reports.
The company says it plans to sell Perkins and a part of its Foxtail bakery business and has “voluntarily commenced” bankruptcy proceedings to facilitate the sale.
The Tennessee-based business also says it has filed a series of motions that, if approved, will allow the company to "maintain its usual employee compensation and benefit programs," according to the statement. Court records show, however, that approximately 1,190 employees are impacted by the restaurant closings, USA Today reports.
The company is “continuing discussions with investors and potential buyers regarding the Marie Callender’s restaurants,” the statement reads.
“Our intention moving forward is to minimize disruptions and ensure that the sale process is as seamless to our guests, employees, and vendors as possible,” Jeff Warne, president and CEO of Perkins & Marie Callender’s LLC, said in the statement.
According to court records, the company secured $7.75 million in bankruptcy loans to continue operations, USA Today reports.
Marie Callender’s has 28 remaining restaurants. The majority of the restaurants that closed recently were in California.