ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Eight Friendly's restaurants in Central New York are permanently closing Wednesday, July 31.
Friendly's Ice Cream Company LLC is acquiring 35 Friendly’s restaurants from one of its franchises, Kessler Family LLC, which will remain open. The other eight Friendly’s owned by Kessler will shut down Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Those restaurants are located in Oneida, Cortland, Clay, Fayetteville, Ithaca, Vestal and Johnson City.
John Maguire took over as C.E.O. in May 2012 and says this transition comes at a key point for the company. For the last year, they’ve been trying to boost the brand by improving service and retraining staff.
“We're happy that this initiative is allowing us to preserve the employment of over 1,300 Friendly's employees in New York State,” said Maguire. “As we look ahead to the future, we have every intention of maintaining the same level of commitment to these restaurants as the Kessler Family, LLC has had over the years.”
But many in the community say their hearts go out to those losing jobs.
“I know my daughter lost her job in the New Hartford one when it closed a few months back and I didn't realize that they were all closing. My first waitress job was working at the Friendly’s in Oneida so it’s really kind of sad that you’re going to have cooks and waitresses and all the other staff members losing their jobs. It’s just another typical thing in New York State that a lot of these places are shutting down,” said Christine Marshall.
Others are sad to see businesses closing in an area they believe has been struggling.
“It’s sad to see places closing up and you know it’s tough around here, it really is. Hopefully things start coming through and things just get better,” said Michael Burth, a resident in the city of Rome.
The managers and employees at the Friendly’s in Rome were unable to comment.
Restaurants that will close:
1700 N. James Street, Rome, NY
145 W. State Rte. 281, Cortland, NY
7560 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY
501 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY
109 Genesee Street, Oneida, NY
323-325 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY
3604 Vestal Parkway, Vestal, NY
87 Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY
Restaurants Friendly’s is acquiring:
2760 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY
10 South Main Street, Jamestown, NY
2502 West State Street, Olean, NY
3935 Dewey Avenue, Greece, NY
1206 Ridge Road, Webster, NY
4 Spencerport Road, Rochester, NY
3701 James Street, Syracuse, NY
192-196 West Bridge Street, Oswego, NY
287 Hamilton Street, Geneva, NY
3275 Erie Boulevard, Dewitt, NY
6555 Fourth Section Boulevard, Brockport, NY
2425 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY
3081 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY
2717 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY
2309 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY
5407 West Genesee Street, Camillus, NY
170 Clinton Avenue, Cortland, NY
770 Miracle Drive, Rochester, NY
Box 2086, NYS Route 31, Clay, NY
338 Greece Ridge Center Mall, Rochester, NY
1148 Front Street, Binghamton, NY
561 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY
301 East Main Street, Endicott, NY
Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY
41 Main Street, Hornell, NY
Riverside Plaza, W Pulteney St, Corning, NY
2669 Corning Road, Horseheads, NY
377 Main Street, Oneonta, NY
1233 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY
3450 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY
4350 Maple Road, Amherst, NY
6651 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY
1700 Burrstone Road, New Hartford, NY
3873 State Route 31, Liverpool, NY
697 Eastview Mall, Victor, NY (Express)
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