FRIENDLY'S ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT IN OHIO
|Maura C. Tobias
413-543-2400 ext. 2814
NRT Restaurants, Inc.
One of America's Most Popular Full Service Restaurants Will Bring Economic Benefits to Three Area Counties
WILBRAHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, (March 31, 2005) - - Friendly's Restaurants Franchise, Inc., a subsidiary of Friendly Ice Cream Corporation (Friendly's, AMEX:FRN) of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, announced a re-franchise agreement with NRT Restaurants, Inc. to own and operate restaurants in Findlay, Defiance and Maumee Ohio.
The announcement is part of a continued franchise expansion strategy by Friendly's. Each restaurant means jobs, tax revenues, and other economic benefits for the local community.
NRT President Norm Perkins, is a 32-year Friendly's employee, having served in many operational capacities, including District Manager and most recently as an Area Franchise Consultant.
Friendly's Chief Executive Officer and President John L. Cutter said, "Franchises are central to our business strategy, and Norm is the ideal franchise partner. He is a veteran of the restaurant business and always has been very committed to making sure his guests are 100% satisfied, 100% of the time, and that is the kind of quality and commitment that all of us at Friendly's strive for each day."
"We are committed to providing our guests with the best food, ice cream and service when they visit us. Friendly's has delicious ice cream treats for every age and I look forward to serving these delicious sundaes and splits to our guests," said Perkins.
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation (Amex: FRN) is a vertically integrated restaurant company serving signature sandwiches, entrees and ice cream desserts in a friendly, family environment in more than 535 company and franchised restaurants throughout the Northeast. The company also manufactures ice cream, which is distributed through more than 4,500 supermarkets and other retail locations. With a 69-year operating history, Friendly's enjoys strong brand recognition and is currently revitalizing its restaurants and introducing new products to grow its customer base. Additional information on Friendly Ice Cream Corporation can be found on the Company's website www.friendlys.com.
Information on Friendly's franchise program is available from Jim Sullivan, Director, Franchise Business (800) 576-8088 ext. 2597, e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org.