Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Clarendon Dairy Queen may not close

The fate of Clarendon’s Dairy Queen is not yet settled as franchise owner Vasari LLC goes through bankruptcy proceedings.

Several media sources have reported that the Clarendon location is one of 29 Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma DQ restaurants to be liquidated.

But a spokesman told the Enterprise Wednesday afternoon the list is just one of possible closures and not a definitive list.

“After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, Oct. 30, Vasari LLC, a Dairy Queen franchisee based in Texas, has announced the closure of 22 underperforming restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico,” public relations account manager Whitney Albert said. “Contrary to some earlier reports, no decision has been made on remaining locations, although some may close within the next 90 days. Ultimately, Vasari will restructure to create a smaller but financially stronger company.”

Dairy Queen was still open in Clarendon as of noon Wednesday, and a local employees said they had been given no information about the possible closure of the restaurant.

Vasari closed five Dairy Queens – including the ones in Shamrock, Perryton, and Dumas – prior to its bankruptcy filing. Among the additional 17 locations that closed this week were those in Wellington and Claude.

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