Applebee's to close more than 100 restaurants, Eau Claire and Menomonie not affected

UNDATED, (WEAU)-- The parent company that owns Applebee's says it expects to close between 105 to 135 restaurants, but it does not appear that the Eau Claire or Menomonie locations will be affected.

DineEquity Inc. announced the closures in its second quarter fiscal 2017 results. It says the closures will be based on several factors, including franchisee profitability and operational results.

"We believe 2017 will be a transitional year for Applebee's and we are making the necessary investments for overall long-term brand health and expect to see improvement over the next year," said Richard J. Dahl, Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of DineEquity, Inc.

A spokesperson for the Menomonie Applebee's told WEAU they have not been told that they will close.

A manager at the restaurant in Eau Claire says their restaurant is independently owned by the Wisconsin Hospitality Group, so they will not be affected by the closures.

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