Friendly closes more stores
The Massachusetts based Friendly chain has struggled in recent years. I had the pleasure of knowing Pres Blake, one of the founding brothers when I was a student at Springfield College, where he was a trustee. He had recently sold out and was an energetic, out going gentleman. I later knew a man who spent a career as a store manager, because he refused a promotion.
Corporate owners have managed to company into a bad situation. It has been sold and reorganized many times. Pres Blake even looked at buying it back.
I hear that stores are picked to close when the lease runs out, or the building needs a major face lift. Some of the stores are franchised. Those, I understand, do better than the corporate stores.
We went today, for a trip down memory lane. The food was good, and the store was over 1/2 empty during the Friday lunch "rush"