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Red Lobster closes Leesburg restaurant amidst financial uncertainty

The largest seafood chain in America just closed its restaurant in Leesburg along with several dozen other locations across the country as its parent company attempts to find a financially viable path forward.

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Red Lobster closed its location in Leesburg, Florida on Monday. (Staff Photo)

The Red Lobster located at 10010 U.S. Hwy 441 in Leesburg is officially closed for business.

Situated just across from the recently opened Chick-fil-A in Leesburg, the restaurant donned a “closed” sign on Tuesday morning and its Google listing was changed to “temporarily closed.”

This sign was spotted on Tuesday on the door of the former Red Lobster in Leesburg. (Staff photo)
This sign was spotted on Tuesday on the door of the former Red Lobster in Leesburg. (Staff photo)

In addition to the closure of the Leesburg location, several other restaurants in Orlando and other parts of Florida have also reportedly closed.

Calls to nearby locations in Clermont, The Villages, and Ocala all confirmed that those restaurants are still open. The Google listings for those restaurants also show that the businesses are “open.”

Although Red Lobster is still headquartered in the Sunshine State in Orlando, the company is no longer owned by founders Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby of Darden Restaurants.

In 2014, the business, which was founded in 1968, was acquired by Golden Gate Capital (GGC).

In 2016, Thai Union Group (TUG) acquired a portion of the restaurant chain from GGC for $575 million.

In 2020, TUG assumed full control of the brand after purchasing GGC’s remaining equity in the company.

Based in Thailand, TUG also owns the Chicken of the Sea tuna brand and several other brands that are not sold in the United States.

According to various news outlets, in addition to the locations that closed in Florida, dozens of other Red Lobster locations closed across the country on Monday.

Red Lobster in Leesburg
The Red Lobster in Leesburg is one of dozens that closed on Monday amidst the company’s financial woes.

That includes locations all along the eastern United States, in the Midwest, and in the Southeast.

Neither Red Lobster nor its parent company has issued a formal statement confirming or explaining the closures. An email to the company inquiring about the closures was not responded to before the publication of this story.

Do you have any fond memories of your time at the Red Lobster in Leesburg? Share them in a comment below or a letter to the editor.

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