The Claim Jumper restaurant on Rancho California Road will be closing at the end of May, a move by the chain’s parent company that will result in almost 80 people losing jobs.
The closure is permanent, according to a WARN filing issued by Landry’s Restaurants of Texas, which purchased the chain after it filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Some of the workers at the Temecula location will be given the chance to transfer to affiliated locations. For most, their final day will be May 31.
From the notice: “The entire location/plant will be closed and our employees’ effective separation date will be during the 10 day period beginning on May 22, 2018 and ending on May 31, 2018. While most of the employees will be terminated the day after the closing, some will terminate a few days later.”
Have you been to a casual dining chain restaurant like Claim Jumper or TGI Fridays in the last year?
— TVD_Claverie (@TVD_Claverie) March 27, 2018
Landry’s announced the closure a few months after the 11,200 square-foot Claim Jumper building — which used to house a Marie Callender’s — was sold by an Arizona-based LLC for $3.7 million.
When the Claim Jumper restaurant first opened it was one of the area’s most popular dining establishments.
Some longtime fans say the ownership change, which included moving the company’s headquarters from Irvine to Texas, brought on changes such as smaller portions, lower food quality and a different level of customer service that may have led to a drop in business. Business analysts lay the blame on millennials, who have shown a preference for delivery, fast casual options or meal services.
After the closure, the closest Claim Jumper locations will be in Corona or San Diego.
Fans of the restaurant mourned the news on their social media accounts Tuesday, recalling good times during happy hour and family gatherings with grandparents who love the chain’s towering slices of chocolate cake:
“We go there at least two to three times a month….I am so sad to hear this.”
Terry Turney, COO of Claim Jumper Restaurants, said in a statement this week the restaurant will close its doors on May 24.
“Due to a natural lease expiration, Claim Jumper Temecula located at 29540 Rancho California Road will close its doors on Thursday, May 24. We are grateful for the support of our community and encourage our guests to visit us at our other Claim Jumper locations in in Corona, Rancho Cucamonga and Carmel Mountain Ranch.”