Business & Real Estate

HomeTown Buffet in Citrus Heights closes; items up for auction

A Citrus Heights HomeTown Buffet restaurant that avoided closure in February has closed its doors for good this week, according to an auction house that specializes in commercial business liquidations and relocations.

Auction Nation, the Phoenix-based firm that handles liquidations throughout the western region, said bidding for items from the former restaurant at 7028 Sunrise Blvd. can be done through 10 a.m. Saturday on auctionnation.com. An open house preview is set for 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

Auction manager Scott Higgins said items up for bid run the gamut, from kitchen equipment to furniture.

On Feb. 4, three local HomeTown Buffet restaurants were among 74 “underperforming” eateries abruptly closed by the chain’s operators.

Those eateries were at 4300 Florin Road and 2344 Watt Ave. in Sacramento, and 9089 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove.

At that time, however, the HomeTown Buffet in Citrus Heights remained open.

In February, the local closures and others nationwide were announced in a statement from Ovation Brands, a South Carolina-based restaurant operator that has been struggling financially.

On Friday, Auction Nation said that “Buffets LLC is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy so that it can restructure its debts and liabilities, strengthen its operations by closing certain weaker restaurants, and recapitalize its business.”

Auction Nation did not know how many employees lost their job in this week’s closing of the Citrus Heights restaurant.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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