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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The founder of the Abner’s Famous Fried Chicken Tenders chain says news about his filing for Chapter 11 protection in bankruptcy court has sparked unfounded closing rumors.

Abner White tells a local newspaper that he and other owners have been inundated by questions about how much longer they’ll be open.

He says all six restaurants are staying open – and only the two that he himself owns are affected by the filing in bankruptcy court. Those are the two in Oxford, where White founded the chain with Abner’s Inc. The other four are in other cities and are owned by four different companies.

White says he went to bankruptcy court because of difficulty working out a deal with a bank, and is working to restructure the debt.

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