Friendly Ice Cream Corp
emerges from Chapter 11
Jan 10, 2012 10:02 AM
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation and its subsidiaries, the operator of Friendly’s restaurants and a nationwide distributor of ice cream products, announced that the company has successfully emerged from its voluntary Chapter 11 by consummating the sale of its business to Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC and its subsidiaries.
“The completion of our financial and operational restructuring in just over three months is a significant accomplishment. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees as well as the ongoing support of our restaurant guests, franchisees, retail customers, and vendors,” said Harsha V Agadi, chairman and chief executive officer of Friendly’s. “As a now better-capitalized company, more able to compete in the casual family restaurant sector, we look forward to building on Friendly’s rich 76-year-old history.”
Since entering Chapter 11 in October 2011, Friendly’s has initiated a turnaround strategy designed to improve operations across all business segments. Turnaround efforts include improvements in customer satisfaction and speed of service, menu enhancements, further partnership with new and existing franchisees, and expansion of the retail business.
During the restructuring, the company sought to work out more favorable lease arrangements at a number of locations where it believed rents did not reflect current market conditions and were significantly impacting the viability of the restaurants. While Friendly’s was able to successfully restructure lease agreements for a number of these locations, unfortunately, it didn’t reach an acceptable agreement with landlords at 37 restaurants. Therefore, the company decided to close these Friendly’s effective January 8, 2012.
“We regret that this decision has become necessary, and we appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Friendly’s employees at each of the affected locations. We intend to accommodate as many as possible from closed locations to nearby operating restaurants, where available,” said Agadi.
Friendly’s filed to reorganize October 5, 2011, under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
For additional information, visit www.friendlys.com.
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