- Associated Press - Sunday, April 27, 2014

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The founder of the Abner’s Famous Fried Chicken Tenders chain says news about his filing for Chapter 11 protection in bankruptcy court has sparked unfounded closing rumors.

Abner White told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1fGYAA7 ) that he and other owners have been inundated by questions about how much longer they’ll be open.

“So many people have come into Abner’s locations in Tupelo, Starkville, Cordova and Brandon and want to know when we are closing,” he said. “We have been inundated with emails and phone calls … We reiterate to people daily that none of our restaurants, including those in Oxford, will be closing.”

He says all six restaurants are staying open - and only the two that he himself owns are affected by the filing in bankruptcy court. Those are the two in Oxford, where White founded the chain with Abner’s Inc. The other four are owned by four different companies: Abner’s of Starkville Inc., Abner’s of Tupelo LLC, Abner’s of Cordova LLC and Abner’s of Brandon LLC.

White says he went to bankruptcy court because of difficulty working out a deal with a bank, and is working to restructure the debt.

“We plan to be a strong Mississippi tradition for many years to come,” he said.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com