Americans: Time to demand corporate America to push back!

Americans:  Time to demand corporate America to push back!

If you too are inclined to do something similar…may I encourage you to do your own thing.

Comments to a satisfaction survey led to a follow-up call by a corporate customer service representative.  To their credit, they did care enough to follow-up.  Kudos to the LeDuff America Inc organization.

Working to make America better.

Here is the recorded interview:

Related customer comment:
Carol a zitta • 3 months ago
We are strong lovers of Mimi’s a Cafe in Grapevine, Texas and just found out they closed that location due to non-agreement of rental costs. My husband and I love this restaurant and the employees associated with this life cation and would appreciate if a better negotiation can be worked out to keep this location open.

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Bob Evans shedding Mimi’s to LeDuff America for $50 million

Jan 29, 2013, 9:23am EST

Bob Evans will sell its Mimi’s Cafe chain to LeDuff America for $50 million.

Staff reporter- Columbus Business First

Bob Evans Farms Inc. found a fitting buyer for Mimi’s Cafe.

The Columbus-based restaurant and food products company late Monday disclosed plans to sell its French-styled casual dining chain to LeDuff America Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of a bakery and restaurant operator from France.

Bob Evans (NASDAQ:BOBE) will sell the business for $50 million. The sale is expected to close in the next 45 days.

Mimi’s Cafe includes 145 restaurants concentrated in the West and Southwest, though one operates on Polaris Parkway.

Bob Evans CEO Steve Davis said the sale allows the $1.65 billion Ohio company to focus on its core restaurant operations and its growing food products business through initiatives such as its restaurant remodel program, increasing in-sourced foods production and its side dish expansion efforts.

“We are dedicated to continuing to reap benefits from these initiatives as well as to developing future innovations that will be implemented more effectively and rapidly as a result of the tighter focus this transaction enables,” he said in a release.

Mimi’s Cafe has been a weight on Bob Evans despite management changes, remodeling efforts and menu alterations. Bob Evans last November disclosed its willingness to sell the cafe chain.

Dallas-based LeDuff America’s portfolio includes the Francocentric restaurant chains La Madeleine Country French Cafe, Brioche Doree and Michel’s Baguette. It also acquired the Bruegger’s Bagels chain in 2011. Only Bruegger’s operates in Central Ohio.

Davis said there is a strategic fit between LeDuff America and Mimi’s Cafe, which will keep its headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

LeDuff America is a subsidiary of Groupe LeDuff SA, which recorded worldwide sales of $1.53 billion from its more than 1,100 restaurants and bakeries.

Dan Eaton covers retailing and restaurants for Columbus Business First.

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