The owners of 70 Missouri and Illinois Jack in the Box restaurants filed for bankruptcy, citing competition and the coronavirus pandemic. The chapter 11 filings potentially affect 57 restaurants in Missouri, with 1,338 full- and part-time workers, and 13 restaurants in Illinois, with another 332 workers, but the filings say major creditors “have tentatively agreed to attend mediation” after the bankruptcy case is filed and lawyers have submitted motions so employees will still be paid. The companies fell behind in payments on a loan from City National Bank, their largest creditor, and the bank filed a complaint earlier seeking more than $15 million due on several loans. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck, the filings say, hurting business more. The companies were negotiating, and proposed closing seven or eight unprofitable restaurants, but couldn’t strike an agreement with the bank. Missouri Jack owes $927,000 to its top 20 creditors, other than the bank and Jack in the Box, including $115,000 to Ameren and nearly $168,000 to American Express, according to court records. Illinois Jack owes nearly $170,000 to its top 20 creditors.
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