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Posted by Chad (+1766) 14 years ago
Hardees went belly up in Miles City one week ago today.

25 people were notified they no longer had jobs just minutes before they were laid off/fired. I'm told some of the people working there had been with them for over 15 years.

The restaurant was reportedly over $80,000.00 in debt.

One local buyer backed out of a deal to buy the business because of the debt.

Hardees closed stores in Glendive, Miles City and Billings the same day.

With all the gossip and banter on milescity.com about creating jobs and bringing business to Miles City, you would think there would be a few comments about a business with 25 employees going belly up?

Perhaps it's the beginning... I have often said this town has about 8 too many restaurants and that if a few of them went under, the rest would/could do well.
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1275) 14 years ago
The debt number is interesting. Where did you get it Chad? Some may remember in 1991 I was the Assistant Manager of the store and Erik Homme was the manager. That year was the first and only time the store broke $1 Million. It was rockin' then and we were a star of the company. Of course, it was a different corporation then.
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Posted by Stone (+1587) 14 years ago
The Store in Glendive was closed a year ago because one of the poor out of work employees took a dump in the chile.
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Posted by Chris (+25) 14 years ago
I am surprised you have not blamed walmart for it closing yet lol
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Posted by Sod Buster (+97) 14 years ago
My first gig ever was at Hardee's...it was a pretty strange environment. The people that worked there were all pretty chill with the exception of Cory. But the regulars that frequented that place were beyond strange. They would come in for their 25 cent cup of coffee and stay all night...getting free refills. I can remember at times seeing 15 to 30 people crammed in there talking about a variety of topics from dirt to transmissions.

My theory is this Miles City...with the onset of the meth epidemic, people don't need to stay out drinking coffe all night...instead they stay up all night cooking more meth or sharping their lawn-mower blades. Those coffee drinking folks spent an average of 10 to 15 dollars a night (hot apple pies constituted for a large part of sales). Over the course of year...well you can see why Cory made all that cash for the company.

So goodbye Sunday roast beef, and Wedensday Hot Ham and Cheese. Goodbye to Matt Stewart spitting chew on the grill. Goodbye to cholesterol sandwiches of lore...and goodbye to minimum wage.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14076) 14 years ago
Good-bye cinnamon raisin biscuits. Probably why my cholesterol is above 300.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5040) 14 years ago
Don't quote me on this, but I believe the Hardees in MC is/was owned by a corporation headquartered in Billings. The corp is having financial difficulties and closed a group of unprofitable stores in the Dakotas in mid-2005.
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Posted by Rick Goff (+74) 14 years ago
I haven't heard anything about any of the Billings stores closing. They closed one in Sidney though.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9335) 14 years ago
As I understand it, around 40 Hardee's outlets in Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota closed this week. They'd all formerly been owned by a Minnesota-company, North Central Food Systems. North Central Food went under last March, while in receivership the outlets were ran by a management company, Trigild, Inc. This week the receiver finally pulled the plug, shut the outlets down and, hired a real estate company to list them. Perhaps some of them will re-open, but I don't really know what the status of the franchise/license is for individual outlets.

http://www.missoulian.com...news06.txt
http://www.sidneyherald.c...update.txt
http://www.grandforks.com...667369.htm
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1275) 14 years ago
Reading the articles, I find that it's odd how a company can go in the crapper after being so successful. When I worked for NCFS, it was a very up and coming group and they were building new stores all the time. Amazing that they went bankrupt.

And Matt Stewart didn't work for me! I hope that my employees weren't spitting on anything....but you never know.

Geez Sod Buster, you didn't think I was chill? That hurts my feelings. OK, not really.

[This message has been edited by Cory Cutting (edited 1/26/2006).]
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Posted by Betty Emilsson (+76) 14 years ago
I am confused about the closing. I thought fast food restaurants were usually local franchisements for national chains. I read that two more Hardees were closed in the western part of the state. I would guess a number of young people here started their working career with Hardees. I know my youngest son started buckling down with his studies and got serious about going to college after working there.
I hope the people who got laid off will be able to find something else. Other wise I'm thinking even the loss of twenty-five fast food jobs doesn't make much of a dent in the economy as these were probably minimal wage jobs and probably not full time either.
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Posted by Chuck Schott (+1287) 14 years ago
As near as I can tell the two Billings stores are still doing bussiness.
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Posted by JJC (+79) 14 years ago
Hardee's restaurants close in Missoula, Hamilton
By ROBERT STRUCKMAN of the Missoulian
Employees at Missoula's Hardee's restaurant arrived at work to bad news Monday. The store was closed. All 25 employees were laid off.

"We depended on this job for our livelihood," said Melissa Stroh, whose husband, Preston, was one of the managers at the store. Melissa held Alora Rose, the couple's one-month-old baby girl, at about noon at the restaurant.
In the morning, a few employees cleaned the restaurant and shipped the food to the Hardee's in Helena. A handful of the fast food restaurant's former employees lingered in the empty restaurant, smoking cigarettes and talking about the job and the future.

Jeff Auer, a cook, said he learned about the closure when he arrived to work for his shift."It's a drag," he said. He has another job as a janitor. It wasn't a total surprise, though. Most of the employees had heard rumors about an impending sale, they said.

The Hardee's franchises in Missoula and Hamilton, along with 36 other locations formerly owned by Minnesota-based North Central Food Systems, were in receivership, said Dennis Friesz, a Hardee's regional director from North Dakota.

Several Hardee's franchisers tried to buy the fast food locations in Missoula, Friesz said. Rumor at Hardee's had it that Walgreens had won the bid. A Walgreens corporate spokeswoman didn't discuss the bid specifically, but said the drugstore chain has no plans to open a second store in Missoula.

Most of the employees said Monday's closure was a raw deal - no notice and no severance pay.

"I don't hold a grudge, though. It just sucks. It's not anybody's fault right here," said Preston Stroh. He and his wife and baby had planned to move into a new rental house on Tuesday. They were thankful the layoff didn't come after the move. They might have lost their deposit, Preston said.

"OK. Everybody clear out," said the store's general manager.

All the employees moved toward the door.
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Posted by JJC (+79) 14 years ago
I think that companies should be made to offer some compensation to these low paid employees that are out of a job without any notice. I feel terrible for the couple that both worked at the Hardee's and now have no income but a newborn baby to take care of.
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Posted by Rick Kuchynka (+4454) 14 years ago
Companies do offer "some compensation" to those who are displaced.

It's called unemployment insurance.

Hopefully they'll be able to pick up similar paying jobs elsewhere in the near future.
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Posted by Tom Rhoades (+41) 14 years ago
As I sit sit in my Yogi bear position and go into my french fry induced trance, I see a vision...

From the haze smoke and ashes a new Phoenix from Hardee's shall arise.

There could be as many as 8, yes count them 8 new paying positions in the future!

2 owners 5 managers and 1 CASINO attendant!

It is hazey, for I do not see the Great Roast Beast sandwich of the past, only state gamling tax...

Nostrathomas
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