A spokesperson for Perkins Restaurants says three locations in Colorado Springs were permanently closed Sunday. Dozens of workers have been laid off.
Vivian Brooks, spokesperson for Perkins, would not go into detail about how many employees were laid off, or whether they are receiving severance packages. She also refused to confirm a solid reason for why the three locations (East Platte, North Academy, and Constitution Blvd.) were shut down.
The employees of all three locations were notified Sunday. The locations were open for much of the day, and then shut down in the evening.
Brooks did release this statement: "We are very grateful for the people of Colorado Springs for their patronage over the years."
Brooks added, "It's always an extremely difficult decision to make, and this decision was made for a variety of reasons." Once again, however, Brooks would not go into detail about those specific reasons.
Perkins restaurants in many locations across the country have been shutting down abruptly. 11 News has learned that Perkins & Marie Callender’s on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
Restaurant chains and food makers are facing sharply higher food prices. In its filing, Perkins & Marie Callender’s said the weak economy and falling traffic hurt its results. The Memphis, Tennessee based company said it plans to close 65 of its stores and cut 2,500 jobs, about 20 percent of its total work force.