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Perkins & Marie Callender's LLC bankruptcy: Restaurant chains for sale

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 8/8/2019 Kelly Tyko
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A day after closing 29 restaurant locations, Perkins & Marie Callender’s LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, the company said in a statement.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said Monday it plans to sell its Perkins’ business and a segment of its Foxtail bakery business, which supplies to its restaurants and distributors to “Perkins Group LLC.”  This is an arrangement known as a "stalking horse" bid and sets a floor for bidding on the company's assets with a court-supervised auction expected in September.

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The company said its “continuing discussions with investors and potential buyers regarding the Marie Callender’s restaurants.”

As part of a restructuring, 19 Marie Callender's and 10 Perkins closed Sunday, the company said in the statement. Court records show approximately 1,190 employees are affected by the closings.

A list of the closed locations was not available Monday.

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a sign in front of a brick building: Ten Perkins and 19 Marie Callendar's closed as part of the restructuring.© Jeremy Fugleberg, Sioux Falls Business Journal via USA TODAY Network Ten Perkins and 19 Marie Callendar's closed as part of the restructuring.

“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 & CEO of Perkins & Marie Callender’s LLC, said in a statement.

Court records show the company secured $7.75 million in bankruptcy loans, known as debtor-in-possession financing, to continue operating.

According to the statement, Perkins, which was founded in 1958, has 342 restaurants in 32 states and Canada, which includes 101 company locations and 241 franchised restaurants. Last September, the company reported having 381 Perkins locations.

In 2006, it combined with Marie Callender’s, which according to the company statement has 28 locations, seven company and 21 franchise restaurants. The frozen line of Marie Callender’s is offered by ConAgra.

This is not the first bankruptcy for Perkins. It also filed in 2011.

In its filing Monday, the company outlined some of the events leading to the bankruptcy and said in 2017 and 2018, financial performance was affected by “decline in sales across the family-dining and casual-dining industries,” statutory increases in labor costs and an increasingly tight labor market.

The company filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, and has an 11 a.m. hearing Tuesday. Any final sale or financing would have to be approved by a bankruptcy judge.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Perkins & Marie Callender's LLC bankruptcy: Restaurant chains for sale

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