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« Reply #210 on: December 10, 2014, 03:23:49 PM »

^Well, sorry for calling Friendly's a restaurant walking!  Lips Sealed
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« Reply #211 on: December 11, 2014, 07:57:02 PM »

In response to the 2 above questions. I wouldn't worry about either. According to their website they are looking for Franchise Owners to open more restaurants in many states including Ohio and Pennsylvania.

See: http://www.friendlys.com/about-friendlys/real-estate

We've had something similar with Papa John's here - they opened stores twice and both times the franchisee apparently went out so now most of the stores are empty (I think 1 or 2 were owned by someone else).
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« Reply #212 on: January 06, 2015, 08:07:43 PM »

Friendly's Long Island franchise owner goes belly-up; eleven of its locations have closed in the past year.
http://www.newsday.com/business/friendly-s-franchisee-on-long-island-files-for-chapter-11-1.9779797
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« Reply #213 on: January 07, 2015, 02:01:53 PM »

Here is an article from the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper.

Operator of 9 Friendly's in Conn. files for bankruptcy, plans to close some locations

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The operator of 37 Friendly's restaurants in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has voluntarily filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, the company said in a news release.

Long Island, N.Y.-based J&B Restaurant Partners filed the bankruptcy petition as part of a negotiated restructuring plan that includes closing some locations and remodeling 11 others. The company did not identify the number or location of stores that will close.

J&B operates nine Friendly's in Connecticut, including in Bristol and Southington.

Dawn Petite, J&B's chief operating officer, said in the release that closing some restaurants is "a very difficult but necessary step" for improving the firm's financial health.
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« Reply #214 on: January 08, 2015, 10:05:15 PM »

I'm not positive if this was actually a Friendly's or not - I have heard someone say that it was once a bank, but someone else thought it looked like a Friendly's. Anyone seen one with a drive-through window before...?

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This, on the other hand, is definitely a former Friendly's.


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« Reply #215 on: January 09, 2015, 07:23:45 AM »

The former Friendly's on West Road in Trenton, Michigan. Closed by 1998, it is now Charter One Bank (and will soon become Citizen's Bank).
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« Reply #216 on: January 09, 2015, 10:00:45 AM »

I'm not positive if this was actually a Friendly's or not - I have heard someone say that it was once a bank, but someone else thought it looked like a Friendly's. Anyone seen one with a drive-through window before...?

Former ? Bank by harvestmanman, on Flickr

This, on the other hand, is definitely a former Friendly's.




The first one does look like it was one (even the sign is the same size/type and has kept the similar color scheme and style).  Can't say I've seen one with a drive thru, but it might have been (or perhaps it was a walk up window for ice cream? they have those on several of their stores here) or perhaps added on to match the building (after all the one you say definitely was Friendly's has a window also in it's current usage).
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« Reply #217 on: January 09, 2015, 03:31:43 PM »

Monroe Township, PA has closed
http://www.dailyitem.com/news/friendly-s-restaurant-at-susquehanna-mall-closes-abruptly/article_251b4ad6-9302-11e4-a533-836782e022b3.html
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« Reply #218 on: January 13, 2015, 06:21:55 AM »

Here is an article from the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper.

Operator of 9 Friendly's in Conn. files for bankruptcy, plans to close some locations

Republican-American

The operator of 37 Friendly's restaurants in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has voluntarily filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, the company said in a news release.

Long Island, N.Y.-based J&B Restaurant Partners filed the bankruptcy petition as part of a negotiated restructuring plan that includes closing some locations and remodeling 11 others. The company did not identify the number or location of stores that will close.

J&B operates nine Friendly's in Connecticut, including in Bristol and Southington.

Dawn Petite, J&B's chief operating officer, said in the release that closing some restaurants is "a very difficult but necessary step" for improving the firm's financial health.

I just found out almost everything in this article was a lie and they don't even own the locations in Bristol/Southington. Both are staying open and will get an overhaul this spring.
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« Reply #219 on: February 06, 2015, 05:46:27 AM »

The Friendly's in Norwich CT is getting a remodel. This will be their first remodel in well over 20 years.

The other location in Norwich had a fire. They rebuilt the restaurant from ground up only to close 6 months later during the first round of CT closings. Its still empty to this day.
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« Reply #220 on: February 08, 2015, 06:20:31 AM »

Demolition of the former Friendly's on East Main Street in Meriden, Connecticut has begun. Most recently it housed a Mexican restaurant. A 2nd Advanced Auto Parts store for the city of Meriden will be built on the site.

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/meriden/meridennews/6878114-129/demolition-of-meriden-restaurant-expected-soon-to-make-way-for.html
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« Reply #221 on: February 11, 2015, 01:40:09 PM »

Yes, there are very few Friendly's in the Capital Region of NY now ever since the 2011 bankruptcy.
These are what the closed restaurants are currently now (not counting the ones in malls):
Colonie (Wolf Rd): Smashburger
Guilderland (Western Ave): Crispy Basil Artisan Pizza
Bethlehem (Delaware Ave): Tea House Asian Bistro
Schenectady (Altamont Ave): Still vacant
Saratoga Springs (Congress St): Still vacant, I think
Glens Falls (Upper Glen St): Still vacant
Albany (Central Ave): Hokkaido Asian Bistro
Latham (Route 7): Denny's
Latham (Route 9): Still vacant
Glenville (Saratoga Rd): Neon Sushi

There were also Friendly's in Schenectady that closed before the bankruptcy. One on State Street that became Maurice's Sandwich Shops, and another on Nott Terrace that became Denny's.
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« Reply #222 on: February 11, 2015, 04:14:56 PM »

Latham (Route 9): Still vacant

This site was apparently bought by the neighboring auto dealer, but not sure what they plan to do (use or remove building).
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« Reply #223 on: February 28, 2015, 08:23:28 PM »

They closed the Bristol, CT Friendly's for 5 days to remodel it. It has now reopened.

http://www.centralctcommunications.com/bristolpress/news/article_027da456-beea-11e4-ab32-2fb83b7e9261.html
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« Reply #224 on: March 10, 2015, 04:50:28 PM »

They closed the Bristol, CT Friendly's for 5 days to remodel it. It has now reopened.

http://www.centralctcommunications.com/bristolpress/news/article_027da456-beea-11e4-ab32-2fb83b7e9261.html

They are currently doing the same with the Newington location. I went by today, and the entire outside was repainted. They should be reopening next week. I actually like it. It does look like they are trying to go back to their roots. The only other Friendly's I visited recently was back in January, 2013 in Avon, CT on West Main Street. It was a nice one. Wonder if they are getting the same remodel.
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« Reply #225 on: March 10, 2015, 05:27:14 PM »

They closed the Bristol, CT Friendly's for 5 days to remodel it. It has now reopened.

http://www.centralctcommunications.com/bristolpress/news/article_027da456-beea-11e4-ab32-2fb83b7e9261.html

Is the Friendly's on Buckland Road (across the street from the Buckland Mall) still open?
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« Reply #226 on: March 10, 2015, 07:33:03 PM »

Is the Friendly's on Buckland Road (across the street from the Buckland Mall) still open?

From Friendlys.com where I typed in Manchester, CT:

 Friendly's Restaurant (#01213)
2.6 miles away | Get Directions
240 Buckland Street
Manchester, CT 06040
860-644-7790
Hours of Operation:
M-Th,Su: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
F-S: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
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« Reply #227 on: March 12, 2015, 05:27:25 PM »

They must be remodelling most locations they plan to keep open. Norwich was completed last month. I was passing through Cromwell and noticed they are remodelling that location as well.
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« Reply #228 on: March 17, 2015, 12:17:45 PM »

Plainville, Connecticut in The Plainville Commons shopping Center on New Britain Ave is also remodeling.
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« Reply #229 on: March 17, 2015, 04:00:42 PM »

It's nice to see Friendly's is trying to re-invent itself, and keeping all of these locations open.
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« Reply #230 on: March 23, 2015, 09:39:30 AM »

I noticed that my local Friendly's in East Greenbush, NY just got a new road sign that's white. I don't have a picture, but I think this is sort of what the sign looked like, except it was square:

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« Reply #231 on: March 29, 2015, 07:37:10 AM »

Plainville, Connecticut in The Plainville Commons shopping Center on New Britain Ave is also remodeling.

The Plainville Citizen has an article about the remodeled Friendly's along with a picture of the new look of the exterior. Looks nice.

http://www.plainvillecitizen.com/news/allnews/7068785-129/remodeled-friendlys-reopened-march-23.html

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« Reply #232 on: March 29, 2015, 08:45:12 AM »

That's the same makeover the North Windham, ME Friendly's got a year or two ago. I agree that it looks nice. Not sure if it's had much impact on business, though.
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« Reply #233 on: April 24, 2015, 06:22:12 PM »

Plainville, Connecticut in The Plainville Commons shopping Center on New Britain Ave is also remodeling.

The Plainville Citizen has an article about the remodeled Friendly's along with a picture of the new look of the exterior. Looks nice.

http://www.plainvillecitizen.com/news/allnews/7068785-129/remodeled-friendlys-reopened-march-23.html



The Southington, CT location is remodeling and the exterior is getting the same look as the one in Plainville pictured above. Interesting because it wasn't that many years ago that they remodeled the exterior.
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« Reply #234 on: May 17, 2015, 09:51:28 AM »

Yes, there are very few Friendly's in the Capital Region of NY now ever since the 2011 bankruptcy.
These are what the closed restaurants are currently now (not counting the ones in malls):
Colonie (Wolf Rd): Smashburger
Guilderland (Western Ave): Crispy Basil Artisan Pizza
Bethlehem (Delaware Ave): Tea House Asian Bistro
Schenectady (Altamont Ave): Still vacant
Saratoga Springs (Congress St): Still vacant, I think
Glens Falls (Upper Glen St): Still vacant
Albany (Central Ave): Hokkaido Asian Bistro
Latham (Route 7): Denny's
Latham (Route 9): Still vacant
Glenville (Saratoga Rd): Neon Sushi

There were also Friendly's in Schenectady that closed before the bankruptcy. One on State Street that became Maurice's Sandwich Shops, and another on Nott Terrace that became Denny's.


Seth: Thanks for the listing...Friendly's is a restaurant that I am  missing. Going to buy some Friendly's ice cream at Winn Dixie...
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« Reply #235 on: July 28, 2015, 05:19:27 AM »

Is the Friendly's on Spencer Street open? When I looked at their website, I didn't see it listed.
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« Reply #236 on: July 28, 2015, 08:02:50 AM »

Is the Friendly's on Spencer Street open? When I looked at their website, I didn't see it listed.

They have one at 240 Buckland Street.
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« Reply #237 on: July 28, 2015, 08:07:56 AM »

The building housing Friendly's in Southington, CT is for sale. It's $2,263,968 and will be leased back to Friendly's.

The building housing Friendly's on Reidville Drive in Waterbury, CT is for sale. It's $2.5 mill and will be leased back to Friendly's.
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« Reply #238 on: October 12, 2015, 06:55:12 PM »

The building housing Friendly's in Southington, CT is for sale. It's $2,263,968 and will be leased back to Friendly's.

It was just sold. It went for only $1,146,724 according to a report on the Record Journal's website.
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« Reply #239 on: November 02, 2015, 01:41:08 PM »

I'm not positive if this was actually a Friendly's or not - I have heard someone say that it was once a bank, but someone else thought it looked like a Friendly's. Anyone seen one with a drive-through window before...?

Former ? Bank by harvestmanman, on Flickr


Property records show it as being owned by a bank from 1969 until 1992 and then Graeter's since then.
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