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California Pizza Kitchen files for bankruptcy – CNN

California Pizza Kitchen files for bankruptcy - CNN 1New York (CNN Business) California Pizza Kitchen is the latest fast casual chain to file for bankruptcy as the pandemic and its debt burden hampers its operations.

The 35-year-old pizza chain filed for Chapter 11 Thursday, explaining that the process will help it “reduce its long-term debt load, and quickly emerge from bankruptcy as a much stronger company.” It warned that it will close unprofitable locations, but didn’t say how many of its 200 global restaurants will be affected.

“The unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on our operations certainly created additional challenges, but this agreement from our lenders demonstrates their commitment to CPK’s viability as an ongoing business,” CEO Jim Hyatt said in a release.

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Pier 1 Closing All Stores For Good, Cites ‘New Reality, Uncertainty Of Post-COVID World’

Pier 1 Closing All Stores For Good, Cites 'New Reality, Uncertainty Of Post-COVID World' 2

Pier 1 Imports has become the latest retailer knocked against the ropes by the “new reality” of online shopping and finished off by COVID-19.

Nearly 60 years after its first store opened — and three months after filing for bankruptcy — the company announced Tuesday that it wants to close all retail operations “as soon as reasonably possible.”

The explosion in online shopping, intense competition from larger chains and the coronavirus pandemic “are requiring us to wind down,” Robert Riesbeck, Pier 1’s chief executive and chief financial officer, said in a statement.

“This decision follows months of working to identify a buyer who would continue to operate our business going forward,” Riesbeck said.

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