Health and wellness company GNC Holdings has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plans to close at least 800 to 1,200 stores.
GNC did not disclose the store locations. It has six stores in Baton Rouge, four in Metairie, three in Lafayette, two each in New Orleans, Gretna, Denham Springs, Slidell and Hammond, and one each in Covington, Mandeville, Harahan, Marrero, Terrytown, Central, Gonzales, Zachary, Harvey, Chalmette, Belle Chasse, Laplace, Broussard and Carencro.
The company said in a statement that it's looking to restructure its balance sheet at the same time it explores finding a potential buyer, with a minimum purchase price of at least $760 million.
GNC and all of its subsidiaries remain open for business.
The company expects to confirm a standalone plan of reorganization or consummate a sale that will allow the business to exit from the bankruptcy process in the fall.