Friendly's Files for Bankruptcy: List of Friendly's Closures
Friendly's Closes 63 Stores in Bankruptcy Filing: Goodbye, Coneheads
Friendly's Ice Cream Corp, which began in1935 as an ice cream shop and expanded into a chain of family restaurants, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Friendly's is closing 63 of its 500 locations.
Friendly's is yet another victim of the economic quagmire that has gripped the United States for the past several years. It started during the Great Depression, but could not survive the Great Recession.
Note: the video below, shot by YouTube user s1a9b, is a parody, but was shot in 1974 on 8mm, and captures a certain sense of the history of Friendly's, and its place in customers' hearts.