Which Applebee’s Will Close?

August 12, 2017
by Staff Reports

From its website:

Founded nearly three decades ago on the principles of exceptional value and family fun, Applebee’s Services, Inc., operates what is today the largest casual-dining chain in the world. This prominent eatery draws people of all ages and lifestyles with its fun, family-friendly atmosphere and signature bar and grill menu.

Applebee’s continues to grow and prosper, and further differentiates itself with innovative attractions, like the popular Carside to Go service available at many of its restaurants. And the company continually works to add greater value and broaden its appeal, as evidenced by the “It’s a Whole New Neighborhood” campaign, which launched in the spring of 2008, indicative of a fresh, re-energized approach and the promise of new, enticing menu items.

Applebee’s Services Inc., and its affiliates, franchise and operate restaurants under Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and are a DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) brand. Currently, there are over 1990 Applebee’s restaurants operating system-wide in 49 states, 15 international countries and one U.S. territory. The Applebee’s system employs approximately 28,000 employees company-wide.

The 1,990 total locations is down over 100 from 2016. Now the franchise that bills itself as a local bar has announced it will close at least 105 more. Our reading area has three Applebee’s: Florence, Athens, and Muscle Shoals. There’s been no official word as to which locations may close. The Athens store is adjacent to I-65 and is likely to remain open.

PNS will update this story as soon as the official closing list is made public.

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