This Once-Bankrupt Restaurant Chain Is Now Selling Pizza at the Grocery Store
The restaurant industry endured one of the toughest years on record in 2020, with countless businesses filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as stay-at-home orders impacted foot traffic. For a while, not even popular pizza chains like Califonia Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E Cheese seemed safe. Thankfully, both pizzerias are making a comeback in 2021.
As for Chuck E. Cheese, the beloved chain isn't only serving up pizzas to kids who dine in its restaurants anymore. Now, "a kid can be a kid" and enjoy its famous pies without ever leaving home. Without further ado, read on to find out what major supermarket has Chuck E Cheese pizzas in the freezer section right now. (Related: The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State)
Chuck E. Cheese filed for bankruptcy in June 2020.
At the time of the filing, the nostalgic chain had more than 600 locations across 47 states, plus more than $900 million in debt. Around 17,000 workers had been laid off due to the pandemic, and the 55-85 arcade games in each location hadn't been in use in months.
The famous pizza party chain was rescued at the end of 2020.
In an email, CEO David McKillips said the company had cleared more than $700 million in debt. The "new chapter" of the storied chain was slated to include reopening all previously closed locations, debuting a new pizza recipe, and introducing at-home Chuck E. Cheese experiences.
Now, Kroger sells frozen Chuck E. Cheese pizzas that you can enjoy at home.
Chuck E. Cheese frozen pizzas are fresh out of the oven in as little as 15 minutes, and you can snag one right now at Kroger. Instagram user @i_need_a_snack spotted the pepperoni version recently, noting that the chain had "officially brought his handcrafted pizzas from the arcade to your house!"
Kroger has both cheese and pepperoni options available for $6.99. One-fourth of a cheese pizza has 260 calories, 30 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, and 600 milligrams of sodium.
Bonus: Every frozen pizza comes with a special surprise!
The pizza boxes not only include a healthy serving of nostalgia but also 250 e-tickets. These are the chain's new version of paper tickets, and they can be redeemed in stores for prizes and more.
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