Boston Market In Blackwood Temporarily Closed As Others Shutter

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Boston Market in Blackwood has closed — at least temporarily — with the once-national chain facing its possible demise.

The restaurant chain, known for its rotisserie chicken, is down to only 27 locations, Restaurant Business reported last week. Boston Market began 2023 with about 300 eateries, but many have shuttered because of evictions over unpaid bills or state shutdowns over unpaid sales taxes and other issues, according to the media outlet.

Several locations in South Jersey are listed as temporarily closed, including restaurants in Moorestown, Blackwood and Hamilton Township.

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It’s uncertain whether those restaurants will reopen. Patch contacted a Boston Market spokesperson and will update with any response.

The locations in Woodbury and Vineland are listed as open.

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Boston Market At Home, the retail line of frozen meals owned by Bellisio Foods, is still going strong, with new sides and entrees set to become available later this year.

Boston Market has a tumultuous financial history, and those issues have only grown in recent years. Twenty-seven locations in New Jersey had to halt operations last summer after the state labor department found that the restaurants owned more than $600,000 in back wages to 314 workers.

Jay Pandya, Boston Market’s owner, was on the hook for more than 200 lawsuits related to unpaid wages, unpaid suppliers and other violations related to the restaurants, Restaurant Business reported in September.

Formerly known as Boston Chicken, the chain opened its first restaurant in 1985 in Newton, Massachusetts — a suburb of Boston. A decade later, the chain rebranded as Boston Market to reflect its expanded menu featuring turkey, meatloaf and ham.

In 1997, the company raised significant debt to finance its rapid expansion but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a year later. McDonald’s purchased Boston Market in 2000 and then sold it to Sun Capital Partners in 2007.

Pandya acquired the brand in April 2020.

Boston Market filed for bankruptcy again in December, but the case was dismissed because the company was unresponsive to court requests. The chain filed for bankruptcy protections again in February, but a judge banned them from doing so for another six months, according to Restaurant Business.

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