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Jun 13, 2011 08:29 PM

Marie Callenders closed up

According to the news MC corporate folks closed 59 stores recently. The one in my area of So Cal was abruptly closed Sunday in the middle of the day with no warning to anyone including the franchise owner. How can they close the store with no warning to the owner? MC was not my favorite but they had some decent pie and we sure counted on them holiday time. I guess I best learn how to bake a pie.

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  1. Sad indeed.

    Marie Calendars is going to bankruptcy reorg.

    Here's a list of California stores being closed, or already closed:

    2090 Diamond Blvd. Concord, CA.
    20 W. Cochran Street Simi Valley, CA.
    1990 Trower Ave. Napa, CA.
    1101 S. California Boulevard Walnut Creek, CA.
    2460 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA.
    3400 Clares Street Capitola, CA.
    5B Serramonte Center Daly City , CA.
    9134 E. Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, CA.
    18070 San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon, CA.
    1391 N. Davis Rd. Salinas, CA.
    1435 V Street Merced, CA.
    790 W. Winton Ave Hayward, CA.
    6081 Center Drive Los Angeles, CA.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      AFAIK, the one near us in Van Nuys is still open. We usually take advantage of their semi-annual pie sale but, in the last couple of years, they've raised the prices from 5.99 to 7.99 while the quality has noticeably declined. I think we'll skip it this year.

    2. I'm not surprised. I've always thought their claim to fame (pies) were *meh* at best... But that's just me.

        1. There was a real Marie Callender at one point and she opened a restaurant in Santa Ana, California with her family.

          It was a huge success, with many others opening. It was eventually bought out by a huge corporation to franchise.

          Don Callender, her son, always regretted the sale. He opened a beautiful restaurant near the Orange County (John Wayne) airport, with a garlic theme, but it never gained the magic of his mother's concept of solid American home cooking with quality ingredients.

          When the big corp bought Marie Callendar's, they cannibalized its soul.

          1. The only MC I ever ate at (I'm on the east coast where MC is just freezer meals in the supermarket) was the one in Merced that's closing--we were staying in the city while visiting Yosemite. To me it was a slightly better version of Denny's although the blueberry cream pie was really good. Still I know it's a west coast institution of sorts and we never like to see those go.