70 Jack in the Box Restaurants Suddenly Close

September 18, 2009 2:54:17 PM PDT
Dennis Cook visits a Central Fresno Jack in the Box at least once a week. On Thursday, he discovered it was closed.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FRIDAY 2:50 PM UPDATE: All of the closed Jack in the Box Restaurants in the Valley have reopened
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Dennis Cook visits a Central Fresno Jack in the Box at least once a week. On Thursday, he discovered it was closed.

" I was gonna come over here and it was dark already and there was no lights on so I asked what was going on next door over here at the store, and they said it was something with the electrical they thought, but we didn't know what was going on," said Cook.

A total of 70 Northern California Jack in the Box restaurants, including 21 in our part of the Central Valley are temporarily closed because the owner hasn't been paying taxes.

Abe Alizadeh owns three companies that run the fast food franchises. The state says he owes more than $4-million dollars in back taxes.

In a statement released Thursday, a Jack in the Box representative said, "The Company is hopeful that the restaurants will re-open shortly to minimize disruption to employees and guests, as well as the Jack in the Box brand."

Hundreds of Jack in the Box employees are now without jobs, and there is no indication as to when the restaurants will re-open.

Still, Dennis Cook says he remains hopeful. In the meantime, he'll just have to find someplace else to eat.

Cook said, "Times are tough, you know a lot of people are going through it. Hopefully we'll pull through and get Jack in the Box soon."

Valley Cities Affected by the Closure

  • Fresno (all 11 locations)
  • Clovis (2 locations)
  • Madera (2 locations)
  • Merced (2 locations)
  • Chowchilla
  • Sanger
  • Atwater
  • Livingston
  • Oakhurst

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