Flying J announces it is closing 7 restaurants

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Ogden-based oil company Flying J Inc. is closing seven restaurants because of poor economic conditions.

Flying J is closing restaurants in Payson, Utah; Bessemer, Ala.; Commerce, Ga.; Lubbock, Texas; and three Wyoming locations - Cokeville, Evanston and Casper.

The Flying J convenience stores at those locations will continue selling hot and cold deli items. Flying J filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware in December.

In February, Flying J announced it was laying off 200 workers as part of its reorganization. Virginia Parker, director of marketing for Flying J, said Monday in a statement that the company regularly reviews the long-term potential of each property and evaluates the performance that's needed for it to continue operating.