The Friendly??s restaurant in Fayetteville closed its doors for good at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.
It is one of eight franchises across Central New York that will close by the end of the day, while more than a dozen others will remain open and operating under new ownership.
Kessler Family, LLC sold 35 of its franchise Friendly's to corporate Friendly's Ice Cream. A spokesperson said that the eight closing stores were "not performing as well as hoped," and corporate chose not to include the eight locations in its new purchase.
The eight closing stores are located in Liverpool, Rome, Fayetteville, Oneida, Cortland, Ithaca and two in the Southern Tier.
The Liverpool Friendly??s on Oswego Road could be converted into a Moe's Southwest Grill. The Planning Board has been reviewing plans since at least May, which include possible changes to the building and outdoor patio seating.All morning, customers poured into the Fayetteville Friendly's for a final visit and to tell the staff how much they would be missed. Friendly's has been a gathering spot for kids and families, and neighbors say they associate it with a lot of happy memories."My daughter is going into 8th grade in Wellwood. They usually come last day of school to get ice cream. She won't be able to do that this year," said Jennifer Williamson.
Closing restaurants: 1700 N. James Street, Rome, NY145 W. State Rte. 281, Cortland, NY7560 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY501 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY 109 Genesee Street, Oneida, NY323-325 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY3604 Vestal Parkway, Vestal, NY87 Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY
Transitioning restaurants: 2760 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY10 South Main Street, Jamestown, NY2502 West State Street, Olean, NY3935 Dewey Avenue, Greece, NY1206 Ridge Road, Webster, NY4 Spencerport Road, Rochester, NY3701 James Street, Syracuse, NY192-196 West Bridge Street, Oswego, NY287 Hamilton Street, Geneva, NY3275 Erie Boulevard, Dewitt, NY6555 Fourth Section Boulevard, Brockport, NY2425 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY3081 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY2717 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY2309 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY5407 West Genesee Street, Camillus, NY170 Clinton Avenue, Cortland, NY770 Miracle Drive, Rochester, NYBox 2086, NYS Route 31, Clay, NY338 Greece Ridge Center Mall, Rochester, NY1148 Front Street, Binghamton, NY561 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY301 East Main Street, Endicott, NYArnot Mall, Horseheads, NY41 Main Street, Hornell, NYRiverside Plaza, W Pulteney St, Corning, NY2669 Corning Road, Horseheads, NY377 Main Street, Oneonta, NY1233 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY3450 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY4350 Maple Road, Amherst, NY6651 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY1700 Burrstone Road, New Hartford, NY3873 State Route 31, Liverpool, NY697 Eastview Mall, Victor, NY (Express)