Bob Evans to close 27 restaurants, lay off 1,100 employees

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WASHINGTON- Restaurant chain Bob Evans Farms is closing 27 underperforming locations and laying off 1,100 workers in attempt to boost profits.

Of the 27 restaurants, 21 were company-owned and closed last week. The remaining six are leased and expected to close in fiscal 2017.

In Ohio, two restaurants that were closed over the weekend include, the restaurant on Glendale Avenue in Toledo and the other one was located on Harshman Road in Riverside, Ohio.

The company says it expects to get $20 million for the owned properties, translating to a $1 million gain in annual operating income. The New Albany, Ohio-company estimates expenses near $8 million related to the closures, most of which it expects to be non-cash charges. It expects to offer laid-off workers jobs in nearby restaurants when possible.

The company said it will update the estimated expenses related to the sale when it reports fourth-quarter results in June.

Bob Evans Farms Inc. operates more than 500 Bob Evans restaurants in 18 states across the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. regions.

Shares in Bob Evans fell less than half of 1 percent in midday trading Monday, but are up more than 20 percent in 2016 and more than 3 percent during the past year.