Concord Friendly’s is safe as those in Nashua, Keene shut

Monitor staff
Published: 4/9/2019 1:22:01 PM

The two Friendly’s restaurants in Concord have survived the company’s latest round of downsizing, which is putting an end to Friendly’s in Nashua and Keene.

The Massachusetts-based company says it is shutting 23 company-owned restaurants, including the last Friendly’s in Maine and three in Massachusetts. 

That leaves 77 corporate-owned locations and 97 that are run by franchisees, a far cry from more than 800 Friendly’s that operating three decades ago.

Like many similar family-style, sit-down restaurants, Friendly’s has struggled in recent years to cope with the rise of “fast casual” dining and other options.

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