Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Friendly's Files for Bankruptcy - Bedford Store to Remain Open

Friendly's Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Today in US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Last night Friendly's shut down 63 out of it's 487 locations. The Bedford store at 343A Great Road will remain open for now. A total of 30 stores in Massachusetts closed, including nearby locations in Acton and Billerica.

Friendly's has been struggling for some time. It remains to be seen if they will survive. My short term advice to them is to make sure you are fully staffed and be able to serve lunch quickly. The few times I have been there for lunch, they have been understaffed and it took a long time for the food to arrive. Having to wait a long time after you order ensures you will not get any business people on their lunch hour. Perhaps add a 5 or 10 minute order guarantee, similar to what Papa Ginos currently promotes during lunch.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bella Bronze Tanning Salon Opens at 363 Great Road

Bella Bronze Tanning Studio opened last week at 363 Great Road. This is the former location of Curves. Stay tuned for a more in-depth article.