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Ignite Restaurant Group (“Ignite”) filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division today (Case no. 17-33550). Ignite operates 137 Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap restaurants, including three international franchise locations in Dubai. Ignite employs 8,400 people, including 2,900 full-time (both salaried and hourly) employees. Ignite’s bankruptcy schedules list $197 million in liabilities and $153 million in assets.

In its bankruptcy filings, Ignite cites to declines in comparable restaurant sales and income from operations at both Joe’s and Brick House. The company also notes that it has closed underperforming restaurants, including a location in Newark, NJ which had opened in 2013.

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On the heels of The Limited bankruptcy filing, another retailer appears to be on the precipice of Chapter 11.

Gymboree (Gymboree Corp.) reported yesterday that its CEO, Mark Breitbard, will be stepping down once a successor is appointed. Breitbard will assume the role of Chairman of the Board effective February 1st.

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Golfsmith International, Inc., a specialty golf retailer with 109 Golfsmith stores across the U.S. and 55 Golf Town stores in Canada, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. This case follows other large sports retailer bankruptcy cases, including Sports Authority and Eastern Mountain Sports, who both filed Chapter 11 proceedings in Delaware earlier this year.

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Last week, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Company (“Hanjin”) filed for bankruptcy protection under the Debtor Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy Act in the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea. As the world’s seventh largest container shipper servicing 8% of the Trans-Pacific trade in the United States, Hanjin’s bankruptcy filing is cause for concern for landlord retail anchor tenants, such as Target and JCPenney, as well as to other trade creditors and suppliers.

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On October 29th, the the liquidating trustee of the Radio Shack liquidating trust filed lawsuits in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware seeking to claw back “preferential” payments made by Radio Shack to its creditors. These payments were made within the 90 days of its bankruptcy filing on February 15, 2015.

The creditors sued in these cases include, among others, landlords, utility providers, banks, logistics companies and providers of electronic goods. All totaled, approximately 200 creditors were sued for allegedly being “preferred.” These creditors undoubtedly provided valuable services and goods that Radio Shack accepted and used prior to filing for bankruptcy protection.

Additionally, many of these creditors likely had outstanding receivables as of the date Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy, which may never be paid. Under these circumstances, it is easy to understand why vendors might feel outraged upon receipt of a preference complaint. Continue Reading Radio Shack Creditors Preferred? – Not If New Value Was Provided