Friendlys

This December 2018 file photo shows the Bennington Friendly’s restaurant location just after its abrupt closing. The property has been sold.

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BENNINGTON — The former Friendly’s restaurant site at 300 South St. has been sold to a real estate investment firm that also acquired other former Friendly’s locations in several states.

According to Bennington Assessor John Antognioni, the property was sold on Oct. 7 by SIC Property, LLC, which has been associated with the Friendly’s restaurant chain, for $55,000 to Bennington Realty Ventures, LLC, based in Norwood, Mass.

The building and .47 acres of land previously was assessed for taxes at $427,200. The one-story restaurant building contains 2,537 square feet of space, according to a real estate advertisement, and was constructed in 1972.

The Bennington Friendly’s was one of a number closed in 2018, including one on Main Street in Rutland.

A spokesman for Charles River Realty Group, also of Norwood, which is managing the property, said the Bennington purchase was one of more than 20 former Friendly’s locations acquired.

In Vermont, the former Friendly’s site in Rutland was included.

The spokesman said there “are no set plans” for the properties but they will be marketed for use, and the firm plans to reach out to the area during that process.

Friendly’s, which was founded in Springfield, Mass., during the Great Depression, has gone through a number of corporate revisions in recent decades and has periodically closed some of its restaurants in various locations.

Most of the Friendly’s today are clustered in the Northeast, according to a map on the company’s website.

In this area, Friendly’s are open Pittsfield, Mass., and in Troy and Clifton Park, N.Y.

A longtime Friendly’s in North Adams, Mass., which opened in 1962, was closed in 2014.

S. Prestley and Curtis Blake founded the Friendly Ice Cream Corp. in 1935. The brothers sold to Hershey Foods in 1979, the first of the corporate transitions for the company.

Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont. Email jtherrien@benningtonbanner.com

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Jim Therrien reports for the three NENI newspapers in Southern Vermont. He previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Berkshire Eagle, the Bennington Banner, the Springfield (Mass.) Republican and the former North Adams Transcript.


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