Friendly's Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Closes 63 Restaurants

Friendly's Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Closes 63 Restaurants

As we reported last week, the financial outlook at ice cream and burger chain Friendly’s is bleak. Earlier today, the company confirmed rumors it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced it has closed 63 shops around the country.

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Diners and Employees at Marie Callender's Restaurants Abruptly Kicked Out

Diners and Employees at Marie Callender's Restaurants Abruptly Kicked Out

Marie Callendar’s may be known for warm pot pies, but patrons and employees of Marie Callendar’s restaurants in Washington got a cold bit of news last night: The eatery’s parent company told restaurant managers they needed to shut down and tell customers — some in the middle of their meals — to get out.

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American Apparel May Pout Its Way Into Bankruptcy

American Apparel May Pout Its Way Into Bankruptcy

American Apparel, the store perhaps better known for the barely legal, oft-undressed models in its ads, and the peccadilloes of company founder Dov Charney, than for its actual clothing, has alerted the Security and Exchange Commission that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Sbarro Pizza Preheats Oven For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Sbarro Pizza Preheats Oven For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Lovers of lukewarm pizza, despair. Troubled pizza chain Sbarro is getting ready to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The slice slingers are $365 million in debt and made the move after missing their interest payments. Part of the reason Sbarro has been suffering is because it has a lot of shops tied up in malls. Traffic to those dying down with the recession and the rise of online shopping has meant fewer patrons hitting the food court. The other reason is that their pizza is just sad.

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Borders Turns The Page To Chapter 11

Borders Turns The Page To Chapter 11

We knew this was going to happen, and now it has come to pass: Borders has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plans to shutter 30% of its stores as a result.

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Ultimate Electronics To Liquidate, Close All Stores

Ultimate Electronics To Liquidate, Close All Stores

Ultimate Electronics, a Colorado-based chain, took on a nationwide expansion in 2010, opening new stores, entering new markets, and taking over a lot of empty retail space abandoned by Circuit City. Now the big-box dream is over: the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late January, and announced this week that it will liquidate and close all 46 stores.

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Report: Blockbuster Exploring Bankruptcy Options

Report: Blockbuster Exploring Bankruptcy Options

Hear that rattling sound? It’s coming from the chest of Blockbuster Video. A new report claims that the once-mammoth video rental chain, which admitted only months ago that bankruptcy might be in the offing, is now prepping for the harsh reality of Chapter 11 protection.

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US Fidelis Files Chapter 11, No Longer Sells Warranty-Like Objects

US Fidelis Files Chapter 11, No Longer Sells Warranty-Like Objects

Extended car warranty company US Fidelis already stopped selling new car service contracts and laid off over half of their staff at the end of 2009, and has now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Samsonite Files For Bankruptcy

Samsonite Files For Bankruptcy

Yesterday, a gorilla* stormed through the offices of Samsonite Corp, the “world’s top luggage maker,” and jumped up and down on their financial status. Their retail unit filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close approximately half of their 173 stores.

GM To Taxpayers: Bail Us Out Or We'll Liquidate

GM To Taxpayers: Bail Us Out Or We'll Liquidate

With two weeks to go before the government deadline to approve GM’s restructuring plan, the AP says that GM’s CEO Rick “The Station” Wagoner told the press that if GM is allowed to go into bankruptcy, it will simply be liquidated.

Ritz Camera Files For Bankruptcy

Ritz Camera Files For Bankruptcy

Ritz Camera, an occasional and colorful character on our blog (scam confessions! feedback bribery!) has just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

https://consumerist.com/2009/02/13/charter-cable-has-filed-for/

Charter Cable has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but said operations will continue as normal. [Marketwatch] (Thanks to CaptZ!)

Muzak Bankrupt

Muzak Bankrupt

Ever acoustically bankrupt, Muzak,the makers of elevator music, have declared themselves financially bankrupt by filing for Chapter 11. The company’s unique style of precisely limited in tempo and dynamics and unswervingly bland music may not be long for this world. Office workers and elevator riders, rejoice.

Black Angus Files For Bankruptcy

Black Angus Files For Bankruptcy

Black Angus filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The recession bodes ill for casual dining; “The debtors’ restaurants primarily are located in some of the areas hardest hit by the mortgage crisis, causing consumers in those markets to cut back on discretionary spending,” said the company in a statement filed with the bankruptcy court. Guess it turns out you can’t feed yourself with home equity after all. [Bloomberg] (Thanks to Ken!) (Photo: bdjsb7)

https://consumerist.com/2008/12/03/bally-total-fitness-has-filed/

Bally Total Fitness has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy… again. [MarketWatch]

Panic: Are Consumers Scared To Buy Gift Cards?

Panic: Are Consumers Scared To Buy Gift Cards?

Earlier this year when the Sharper Image declared bankruptcy, they briefly stopped accepting gift certificates. Eventually, they did start accepting them again — but with the requirement that consumers buy twice the face value of the card. This, it seems, has caused a fair amount of panic among consumers. Chain emails are circulating warning shoppers not to buy gift cards from various retailers — claiming that they are going out of business. But are they?

Circuit City Bouncing Refund Checks, But Will Reissue Them

Circuit City Bouncing Refund Checks, But Will Reissue Them

If you have a Circuit City refund check not deposited before 11/10, it’s going to bounce.

Lehman Brothers Did Business With Mortgage Fraudsters Back In 2000

Lehman Brothers Did Business With Mortgage Fraudsters Back In 2000

The Lehman Brothers collapse is shocking! Unless you remember a little story from 8 years ago