January 7, 2014 / 9:20 PM / 4 years ago

Exclusive: Chuck E Cheese parent CEC Entertainment explores sale: sources

(Reuters) - CEC Entertainment Inc CEC.N, the parent of family restaurant and entertainment chain Chuck E Cheese, is exploring a potential sale to private equity, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Irving, Texas-based company, which has a market capitalization of around $760 million, is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) and has been speaking with interested buyers over the last several months, the people said on Tuesday.

The people declined to comment because the matter is not public.

CEC and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

CEC and its franchisees operate 567 Chuck E Cheese stores in 47 states, the majority of which are owned and operated by the company. The company’s Chuck E Cheese stores have musical and robotic entertainment, games, rides, play areas and food like pizza and sandwiches.

CEC is the latest in a handful of restaurant chains which are exploring a potential sale.

    CKE, the restaurant group that owns the Carl’s Jr and Hardees chains, sold to buyout firm Roark Capital in November for between $1.65 billion and $1.75 billion.

    Hospitality firm Carlson is attempting to sell its TGI Fridays business, while Ruby Tuesday Inc RT.N and Dave & Busters are also on the block, sources familiar with the matter said previously.

    Reporting by Olivia Oran; Editing by Bernard Orr

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