No Perkins restaurants in Collier, Lee will close after company files for bankruptcy

Do you eat at Perkins?

See the results »

View previous polls »

No Perkins restaurants in Collier and Lee counties will close because of the company’s financial problems.

Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. announced Monday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and would shutter 65 restaurants nationwide, including nine in Florida, and cut 2,500 jobs.

The nine Perkins that closed Sunday were four in Orlando, two in Tampa and one each in Lake Wales, West Palm Beach and Stuart.

Rhonda Lenart, the Bonita Springs Perkins restaurant manager, said she’s received phone calls from customers asking whether or not the restaurant on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road.

“I don’t know much about the other stores in the area,” she said she told them. But “this store is definitely not closing.”

The Perkins corporation owns the Bonita Springs restaurant. Lenart was informed of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday and it has not been discussed much by managers, she said.

Jennifer White, the Estero Perkins restaurant manager, works at a franchise restaurant, meaning it is privately owned.

“I think it is very unfortunate, very sad,” she said.

White hopes the restructuring and store closings help Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. return to its feet so no more jobs are lost, she said.

Documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware indicated the company could not afford to build new restaurants and upgrade existing ones, so it lost traffic to better funded restaurant competitors.

The two chains were “adversely affected by the languishing economy, including declines in consumer confidence and sluggish consumer spending and increased commodity costs,” CEO J. Trungale said in a statement in November, following its most recent quarterly earnings filing for the period ended Oct. 3, 2010.

Food costs have increased since then, pressuring food makers and restaurant chains alike.

Perkins & Marie Callender’s also runs a baker goods manufacturing division, Foxtail Foods, which makes pies, pancake mix and other items for its in-store bakeries and third-party customers.

Perkins, now owned by New York-based investment firm Castle Harlan Inc., was founded in 1958 and combined with Marie Callender’s in 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

© 2011 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Stories

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features