Chuck E. Cheese Files for Bankruptcy; Gaithersburg Location Closes Permanently

The Chuck E. Cheese in Gaithersburg has closed permanently.

The news comes as Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company, CEC Entertainment, announced in a statement Thursday it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy “in order to overcome the financial strain resulting from prolonged, COVID-19 related venue closures.”

“The Company expects to use the time and legal protections made available through the Chapter 11 process to continue discussions with financial stakeholders, as well as critical conversations with its landlords, to achieve a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring that supports its re-opening and longer-term strategic plans,” the CEC Entertainment statement says.

According to CEC Entertainment, since the coronavirus closures began in March, the company has officially reopened 266 of its Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants around the country.

Although the Gaithersburg Chuck E. Cheese has closed, the Chuck E. Cheeses in Rockville and Takoma Park have reopened and are still operating.

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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