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Sbarro closes 155 locations in an attempt to improve its financial performance

Sbarro Closing 155 Restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) - Sbarro Inc. says it's closing 155 of its U.S. locations, mostly in mall food courts where traffic has declined.

The Melville, N.Y.-based pizza chain said Wednesday the closures affect 1,400 workers. The move comes as the company is trying to improve its financial performance and update its image under yet another CEO who took over just last year.

Jonathan Dedmon, a representative for Sbarro, says the targeted locations will close Thursday.

"The last day of business is today," he wrote in an email.

Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2012 when it was no longer able to contend with declining sales and rising costs. It emerged from Chapter 11 protection in November 2012, saying that it had significantly cut its debt and received a new $35 million capital infusion. Shortly after, it named James Greco, a former head of bagel chain Bruegger's Enterprises, as its CEO. Greco led a push to revitalize the chain's image by touting new recipes and ovens. But the efforts apparently didn't take hold; Sbarro named David Karam its CEO last year.

Dedmon did not respond when asked why Greco was replaced.

Sbarro owns 400 locations in North America. The closures do not affect the additional 175 Sbarro locations in the region that are owned by franchisees. After the closures, Sbarro said it will operate 800 stores worldwide, including 81 that were opened last year.

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sequestereddems February 20 2014 at 11:14 PM

sbarros used to be good a long time ago then they tried to go cheap and they have sucked for the last 7 or 8 years,

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dimag56in41 February 20 2014 at 8:28 PM

I'm sure that people are starting to double think setting there as target practice at some food court.

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dave1marine dimag56in41 February 20 2014 at 8:48 PM

Not me... Guess why.

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dave1marine February 20 2014 at 8:37 PM

There's NOTHING that can prevent "declining traffic" like GOOD FOOD.
Serve it, and they will come....

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jp1863 February 20 2014 at 8:58 PM

.....why don't they just raise the price of a slice at the airport from $10 to $20 ????.......the greedy pigs !! THAT'S why they are BANKRUPT...and DESERVEDLY SO !!!! Furthermore...their own NAME is UGLY and hurts business...."Sbarro" sounds like some sick bird that gets stuffed in their calzone....better to name the restaurant : " GOUGE YA AT THE AIRPORT " !!! GOOD RIDDANCE to these THIEVES that are "posing" as real Italian food vendors. Looks like 1400 illegals will be hopping the fence at San Ysidro !! What this outfit REALLY needs, is some "expert" management...Tony Soprano style !!! NEW employees...straight from the "old country"....making REAL Italian food......then, each franchise manager has to pay the "vig"...or, suffer a "penalty"....like, a "beat down" or, "a one way trip upstate to the country " !!! Of course, as a sign of "respect" to the public, the prices would come DOWN.......an OFFER YOU CAN'T REFUSE !!!!
............AYYYYYYY.........OHHHHHHHHHH............FUGGETTABOUTIT !!!!!.........

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buseye4life February 20 2014 at 4:30 PM

I never liked sbarro pizza anyway.
Now when you get rid of Dairy Queen then that to me would be an unfortunate lost because I love DQ's OREO Blizzards and hot dogs.

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Dave February 20 2014 at 9:29 PM

Their overpriced cardboard and drinks won't be missed by many.

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kvofx February 20 2014 at 2:59 PM

I'm sorry to hear about this I loved their pizza, stromboli and the baked ziti and in the Bahamas you can get fanta fruit punch too ,,,,,, this sucks.......best regards to all the laid off workers thank you,,KVO

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Dirk February 20 2014 at 9:57 PM

You have to make some pretty big mistakes in life to fail at selling pizza in this country.

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atokageneral Dirk February 20 2014 at 10:32 PM

...not really, the one mistake many folks make is simple. Greed.

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abudotcom February 20 2014 at 3:09 PM

" trying to improve its financial performance" Try improving the FOOD,.. that would help......

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foxbat9336 February 20 2014 at 5:22 PM

Papa Johns spray the cheese on with a windex bottle, pretty thin.........................

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