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Several Marie Callendar's restaurants close abruptly

The Marie Callendar's on San Ramon Valley Boulevard was one of 13 locations to shut down unexpectedly on Sunday, shortly before reports that the chain's parent company filed for bankruptcy.

The company is planning to close 65 restaurants and has already closed 31 chains. Locations in Walnut Creek, Concord, Santa Rosa, Capitola, Elk Grove, Daly City, Salinas, Simi Valley, Los Angeles, Merced, Napa and Hayward were also shut down.

"This initial round of store closings was arrived at following store level analyses of historical financial performance, local market conditions, and cost structure. The process to identify underperforming locations remains ongoing and will continue throughout the chapter 11 case," a release read.

The company emphasized that the closings were necessary to put the remaining Marie Callendar's on stronger financial footing.

According to a blog based in Concord, some Marie Callendar's closed without giving notice to customers or staff, one of whom found out that she lost her job from a sign on the front door.

"While at work, I lost my job. I no longer have a job but I still have a mortgage to pay and a daughter to take care of. I guess that is what you get after 20 years of dedicated service to my employer," another waitress wrote.

Vivian Brooks, spokeswoman for Perkin's and Marie Callendar's, denied claims that employees were not notified and said they were made aware of the closures on Saturday.

"It is very difficult to close one restaurant, let alone 13 in one market. Is there ever really a right time or right day to do it," she said. "It was certainly always the intent to do it in the most sensitive and efficient manner possible."

Marie Callendar's San Ramon location opened in November 1997 and reports show that shutting the 65 restaurants could eliminate 270 Bay Area jobs.

"There are still 74 restaurants that are up and running and welcoming guests in the state of California. We realize that it's an inconvenience to many people…but hope that guests will come and visit us at our other locations."

Comments

Posted by [removed], a resident of Alamo
on Jun 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Dear Editor,

Financial press and corporate sites have fully explained this event.

REF: Web Link

Please review and provide your readers the reality. Subscriber news service explained this result early last week including the treatment of employees that will likely join the new owners staff.


Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm

"...shutting the 65 restaurants could eliminate 270 Bay Area jobs."

Those numbers do not add up. This means each restaurant had 4.15 employees. I think a decimal place may have slipped...


Posted by [Clarification], a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2011 at 6:58 am

Dear Editor,

Not all 65 restaurants are in the bay area.


Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Jun 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I have liked Marie Calendar's for years, especially the pies.

Which locations are being kept open?
Let's help them out by finding out and being clear about which local locations are still open and operating.

OPEN:
Walnut Creek ?
Concord ?

CLOSED:
San Ramon


Posted by [clarification], a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Dear Editor,

Only franchises in Santa Clara County will remain open. All East Bay and North Bay locations are to close.


Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jun 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

correct Hal...those workers are out of a job...pizzmac...just read the website...one more reason for you to hate Obama and Jerry..LOL...
their fault was poor location and menu selection. TGI friday's soon to come, every time I eat at TGI Friday's I have to eat again when I get home so I am full...


Posted by spcwt, a resident of Danville
on Jun 15, 2011 at 7:29 am

Their food didn't taste very good. If you're going to serve unhealthy food, then at least make it taste good, so it's kind of worth the calories.

I wish there were more healthy choices in the valley. Ever been to Pluto's in Davis or Palo Alto? It's always packed, the food tastes good, and it's good for you. I wish someone would open something like that around here.


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