KC Little Caesars stores shutter as franchisees fight corporation

Little Caesars restaurants in the Kansas City area have once again closed as the couple that owns the stores engages in a protracted legal fight with the corporation behind the pizza chain.

The local franchisees, Alan and Beverly Knox of Utah, have been in litigation with the corporation since June over various issues, including their insistence on charging $5.99 instead of the advertised $5 for Little Caesars’ signature Hot-N-Ready pizzas.

Employees, who have been idled by the restaurant closures, said the local stores shuttered when they ran out of ingredients after supply trucks stopped delivering.

In July, a federal court in Michigan ordered the stores to close, granting Little Caesars Enterprises Inc. a preliminary injunction against the Knoxes. The corporation terminated their franchises, but the couple continued to operate some of them.

The Knoxes once had 21 stores in the Kansas City area. Several closed in December, leaving nine open until the recent closure.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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