T.j. Cinnamons Shops Likely To Remain Closed

December 28, 1990|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF

If waistlines in Pasadena and Annapolis have shrunk during the past year, T. J. Cinnamons may have had something to do with it.

More than a year after they closed, two bakeries that specialized in breakfast pastries aren't likely to reopen in Anne Arundel County.

For now, county residents in search of T. J. Cinnamons' sticky pecan rolls, mini-cinis and Dutch apple rolls will have to travel to Westminster, Ocean City, Waldorf or Washington.

Bakeries in Pasadena Festival Mall and Fashion Festival Plaza in Annapolis -- part of a Baltimore-area franchise -- closed shortly before the Kansas City, Mo.-based franchisee went bankrupt in September 1989.

The bakeries failed because of poor locations in strip shopping centers, because they expanded too quickly and because they were managed from afar by a Kansas City franchisee, said William Teel, president of Signature Foods Inc.

Signature controls all franchises for the 152 T. J. Cinnamons bakeries in the United States and Canada.

When a sale of the franchise fell through after a February bankruptcy auction, the bakeries went back on the auction block in April.

"They kept getting cheaper. It was a steal," said Thomas Heffernan, a stockbroker from Sparks who bought the franchise, including rights to operate bakeries in Baltimore and Carroll counties.

Heffernan decided to keep only the profitable Westminster bakery in operation.

The Pasadena and Annapolis bakeries "were part of the corporation I bought, but I didn't want them. They lost their shirts. It was not reflective of the product. It was only one company that owned five bakeries."

The original franchisee, Baltimore Bakeries Inc., filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in September 1989. The franchise then fell under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Kansas City.

In January, the court ordered the sale of the company's assets at public auction. The company had been operating stores in Annapolis, Pasadena, Baltimore, Westminster and Towson. All but the Westminster bakery have closed.

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