Dayton Daily News from Dayton, Ohio on February 28, 1982 · 48
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8 DAYTON DAILY NEWS Sun., Feb. 28, 1982 Qbce, he was in the chips or orTreacher's chief watches business flounder i-r v' ' ' ' By ARTHUR HOWE I I ,? Krttfif Hm tame PHILADELPHIA Since Decern-MTMie has lost 20 million pounds of frozen pollack filets. He has lost mil lions of dollars from hisinear-bankrupt Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips Inc. fast-food network, and he may be dose to giving up his business empire, .jyyys Edward J. Piszek, Philadelphia's up-from-the-streets frozen fishcake king, the president of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens Inc. In testimony in a U.S. District Court case here on Feb. 9, Piszek said the array of problems facing his Philadelphia-based company had grown so great that he was negotiating with an undisclosed potential buyer for its sale. Then he added: V?WE ARE TRYING our best to get !ut of this entire situation, with our bmes, our families, and try and live du lives in a reasonable manner." .. jjMrs. Paul's employs about 1,200 people at four area locations. Reached last week at an undisclosed location in Florida, Piszek seemed depressed. ' have so many problems," he began gloomily. "I'm over-engulfed with them from every direction. I'm In a little bit of a pathetic position." Piszek declined to discuss the fate of Mrs. Paul's, except to mention "great negotiations going on for tens of million of dollars." Nor would he cont inent on the financial condition of Ar- hur Treacher's, which Piszek Characterized recently as being near bankruptcy. Lawyers for those hold- ng Treacher s franchises believe the Chain is draining millions from Mrs. 'aid's. ACQUIRED IN November 1979 for kbout $5 million, the Treacher's sys- Sem was originally viewed as a logical ehicle for expanding Mrs. Paul's sales utside the supermarket freezer sec- ion. But almost immediately the mar- age soured over the contentious issue pf fish codfish, that Is. For years the Treacher's outlets had prospered selling deep-fried wedges of Icelandic cod, a fish believed by fast-food purveyors to possess certain qualities of firmness, whiteness and bland-ness that kept customers returning. But a rebellion developed when, according to Treacher's franchisees, Mrs. Paul's severed the franchisees' Icelandic codfish supply and forced them to buy Mrs. Paul's fish. ' THAT'S WHAT started the whole thing," said Franklin Poul, an attorney with Wolf, Block, Shorr & Soils-Cohen, who is representing a group of Treacher's franchisees. Until recently, Mrs. Paul's based much of its product line on Alaskan pollack, a small cod-like fish found In the Bering Sea. A fleet of Polish fishermen, working under a quota arrangement with the U.S. government, supplied 20 million pounds of pollack annually to Mrs. Paul's. To Plszek's dismay, the December declaration of martial law in Poland ended the Polish fish connection, and Mrs. Paul's was forced to turn to Canadian and Korean fishermen for supplies. "Our sales dropped as soon as they (Mrs. Paul's) took over," said Augustine Malerba, who operates seven Arthur Treacher's franchises in the Philadelphia area but has banished the Treacher's name from menus and signs. "Basically they bought Arthur Treacher's with only the intention for us to buy Mrs. Paul's products." MALERBA, ALONG with dozens of other franchise owners, Is battling Mrs. Paul's In U.S. District Court over $20 million in royalties that Mrs. Paul's claims the franchisees have failed to pay ta an effort to destroy Arthur Treacher's as a corporate entity. , Under terms of the contract, the franchisees pay royalties amounting to 4 percent to 5 percent of gross sales and contribute toward advertising in return for recipes and other services. The franchisees contend they have refused to pay because they have not A received the type of advertising, marketing and support services to which they believed they were entitled under their contracts. In court affidavits filed In recent months, It has been revealed that the AFFORDABLE CONVENTIONAL HOME MORTGAGES 80 LOAN OVER 80 WA 1514 The Payments Are Adjusted Every Year With a 7 Payment Cap 3 Points and Standard Closing Costs Interstate Mortgage Company 6 THE MALL DAYTON, OHIO 45402 513-223-4101 an exclusive community ol five elegant homes clustered in a woods overlooking a running stream. from $257,000 MadRivcrRiiMlM AkaBcll a luxunous community of condominium -style homes dedicated to catering to the most discriminating lifestyle. 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