Flying J announces it is closing 7 restaurants

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Ogden-based oil company Flying J Inc. is closing seven restaurants because of poor economic conditions.

Flying J is closing restaurants in Payson, Utah; Bessemer, Ala.; Commerce, Ga.; Lubbock, Texas; and three Wyoming locations -- Cokeville, Evanston and Casper.

The Flying J convenience stores at those locations will continue selling hot and cold deli items.

Flying J filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware in December. In February, Flying J announced it was laying off 200 workers as part of its reorganization.

Virginia Parker, director of marketing for Flying J, said Monday in a statement that the company regularly reviews the long-term potential of each property and evaluates the performance that's needed for it to continue operating.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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