Ice Cream, Butter Crunch; Premium ice cream. In summer 2000, Friendly's switched to the American Stock Exchange; symbol FRN. [13] Several locations in New England were also among the closures. In 1979, the Blake brothers retired and sold Friendly to Hershey Foods Corporation, which operated the chain as a wholly owned subsidiary. [17][18] The company had secured more than $71 million in debtor-in-possession financing to keep it afloat during bankruptcy proceedings. [6], By 1951, 10 Friendlys were operating in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. The Blake brothers opened a small ice cream shop named "Friendly", selling double-dip cones for 5 cents each. Friendly's was founded in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, by brothers Prestley and Curtis Blake in Springfield, Massachusetts. Here at, we are committed to protecting your privacy. During World War II, the Blakes closed the business until the war's end. The company stated that "nearly all" of its locations would remain open, although some closures (including a location near Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut) were announced. [15], On August 19, 2019, Friendly's closed its North Providence location, its last in Rhode Island.[16]. On August 5, 2009, the first Friendly's Express opened in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with three in 2010: April 28 at Coolidge Corner in Brookline, July 7 in Wareham, and September 28 in Methuen. Friendly's Celebration Roll Ice Cream Roll 48 fl. A casualty of a tough economic environment, rising commodity costs, and changing customer tastes, Friendly's announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 63 stores in October 2011. The Blake Brothers opened their first ice cream shop in 1935 and called it Friendly to provide a place where families & friends could create lasting memories while enjoying great tasting ice cream made with high quality ingredients. A few days later both parties were able to reach a settlement. That year, a food processing and distribution plant opened in Troy, Ohio.[1]. The expansion of the company led to the move of headquarters from Springfield to Wilbraham in 1960. [23], On November 1, 2020, Friendly's announced that it would file for Chapter 11 once more and sell "substantially all its assets" to Amici Partners — an affiliate of Brix Holdings — for $2 million, citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Find a Friendly's Ice Cream Location Enter your search request below for a listing of locations near you: Zip/Postal Code: Also in 1997, Friendly's exited the Pittsburgh market after an unsuccessful few-year stint, closing all six restaurants, however they were sold and converted to Bob Evans by the spring of 1998. On June 20, 2016, Dean Foods announced the acquisition of Friendly's Ice Cream for $155 million. Friendly's is a restaurant chain on the United States' East Coast. In May 2016, Sun Capital sold Friendly's ice cream manufacturing business and trademark (which will be leased back) to Dean Foods for $155 million. The Blake brothers opened a small ice cream shop named "Friendly", selling double-dip cones for 5 cents each. Find out about the history of Friendly's. Sorry, but we can't respond to individual comments.If you need immediate assistance, please contact Customer Care. [19] On November 1, 2011, the US Bankruptcy Court gave Friendly's permission to sell the company at an auction on December 22, 2011. In 1998, Kim Andereck was brought in as vice president of franchise development and became instrumental in creating an aggressive franchise program for the chain, which had been company-owned. Blake accused Smith of using the jet for personal use and using the airplane lease to carry $3 million annually from the company into another restaurant chain he controlled. Friendly's Rich & Creamy Forbidden Chocolate Premium ... Friendlys Ice Cream Friendlys Ice Cream & Sherbet, 1 ... Friendlys Ice Cream Friendlys Ice Cream Cake, 40 oz. WILBRAHAM, Mass. Despite DavCo's efforts, Friendly's stock price fell to $5. A total of 138 Friendly's are spread across Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Vermont. -- The Friendly's restaurant chain has sold its ice cream manufacturing and retail business to Dean Foods Co. for $155 million. [14], Co-founder Curtis Blake died on May 24, 2019 at the age of 102. Sorry, this webpage requires JavaScript to function correctly. Please take a minute to review our Privacy Policy. On February 10, 2012, Harsha V. Agadi stepped down as chief executive officer. oz ... Rule Breaker Snacks, Birthday Cake Blondie, Vegan, G ... To ensure we are able to help you as best we can, please include your reference number. This did not change the ownership of the restaurants, as Sun Capital Partners continues to run the currently existing locations. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. [22] On January 9, 2012, Friendly's announced that it would emerge from bankruptcy protection, but close 37 more locations. By 1974 the chain had grown to 500 restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest. In 1940, a second Friendly in West Springfield was opened with an expanded food menu. [8], On April 12, 2012, Friendly's announced that John M. Maguire had been named chief executive officer of the company. 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