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After bankruptcy, Red Lobster's last Jacksonville-area restaurant could close

Jacksonville Florida Times-Union

Three weeks after closing three Jacksonville restaurants, storied seafood chain Red Lobster has plans to close more restaurants ֱ and its last remaining area location could be one of them.

Citing court documents filed last week, Thursday that dozens of additional Red Lobster restaurants are in danger of closing following the Orlando-based chainֱs bankruptcy filing last month.

Red Lobster's Orange Park restaurant, shown in this 2017 photo, could close following the Florida-based chain's bankruptcy filing.

Among the locations flagged for possible closure is Red Lobsterֱs Orange Park restaurant at 32 Blanding Blvd., CNN reported.

The restaurant, located near Orange Park Mall, was built in 1980, Clay County records show.

Last month, Red Lobster closed three Jacksonville restaurants:ֱ

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  • 8720 Baymeadows Roadֱ
  • 416 Commerce Center Driveֱ
  • 13090 City Station Drive in River City Marketplaceֱ

The closings were among 99 across 28 states as the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 19, USA TODAY reported.

In its court filings, Red Lobster said that it had more than $1 billion in debt and less than $30 million in cash on hand, CNN reported.

Founded by Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby in Lakeland, Fla., in 1968, Red Lobster grew to become the largest seafood restaurant chain in the world with more than 700 locations. The company, once part of the Darden Restaurant group, was bought by Thai Union Group in 2020.