The Marie Callender's at Shaw and Cedar avenues in Fresno is closing, along with another near River Park. Photo via Google Maps

published on August 5, 2019 - 12:30 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A local favored source of holiday pies is closing up shop in Fresno.

The two Marie Callender’s locations in Fresno officially closed Monday morning, with employees at the restaurant turning away customers, reported Fox 26 News, which also reported a Visalia location remains open.

The closure of a total of 19 underperforming Marie Callender’s restaurants is part of a restructuring process that includes a bankruptcy filing Monday by parent company Perkins & Marie Callender’s, LLC, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is an affiliated chain of restaurants in the Midwest. Ten underperforming Perkins locations are also closing.

All remaining restaurants will be open and operating as usual, according to a news release. An agreement for the sale of the remaining assets of the Perkins segment has been struck, while discussions on the potential sale of Marie Callender’s are in the works, according to a news release.

Jeff Warne, president & CEO of Perkins & Marie Callender’s, LLC stated, “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.”

Marie Callender’s now consists of seven company and 21 franchised restaurants.

In 2017 another Marie Callender’s on West Shaw Avenue in Fresno closed. It has since become a Black Bear Diner.

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