Is Trouble on the Horizon for Chuck E. Cheese in Rockford?
Not too long ago a survey named Chuck E. Cheese as Illinois' favorite pizza chain in 2019, and then 2020 hit and messed up Chuck's life too.
USA Today reports that the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese, CEC Entertainment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, and closing 34 locations across the nation is part of their filing.
To be honest, the first time I had been to Chuck E. Cheese in about a million years was back in January when I took my kids to a friend's birthday party there. Ever since that day, my kids have been planning their next birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. I kid you not. Am I going to have to crush their big birthday dreams?
Not at this point.
The USA Today article says;
Late Thursday, the company filed a list of about 45 leases it plans to reject, including five in California, four in Florida, four in Massachusetts, three in Ohio and three in Oklahoma. The list included 11 locations that had already closed before COVID-19.
The list also includes two locations in Illinois, but, as of right now, Rockford is not one of them. The two Illinois locations that WILL be closing are; Chicago-Matteson and Vernon Hills. The Chuck E. Cheese in Appleton, Wisconsin will also be closing if you ever frequent that neck of the woods.
I guess the only question that remains now is; should I go ahead a book a birthday party there for October now..or just wait and take my chances?