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      Red Lobster restaurants sell for $2.1 billion

      <font color="#000000">Darden Restaurants says it ente<font size="2"><font size="2">red</font></font><font size="2"> an agreement to sell its <font size="2">Red</font></font><font size="2"> <font size="2">Lobster</font></font></font><font size="2"> <font color="#000000"> chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash deal.</font> </font>



      Darden Restaurants says it ente



      red

      an agreement to sell its Red
      Lobster


      chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash deal.



      The move comes as Darden, which also owns Olive Garden, fights to improve its financial performance.



      Olive Garden and
      Red Lobster have been losing customers in recent years, and the company has been trying to update the image of its flagship chains.



      Investors haves challenged Darden's plans to sell only
      Red Lobster, saying that the company to separate Olive Garden and Red Lobster as a pair from its more successful specialty restaurant group.



      Darden, based in Orlando, Florida, has said that Olive Garden complements its portfolio of smaller restaurant chains that cater to customers willing to spend more.

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