UPDATE: And now it is done. G'bye, Friendly's.
ORIGINAL POST (9/30/11):
First Boston-born Brigham's went down in 2009.
Then last spring Breyers packed up its Framingham plant, canned nearly 200 workers, and moved its operations south to Tennessee.
Now comes news that Wilbraham-based Friendly's is following Brigham's into bankruptcy.
We at CriticalMASS have never been big believers in the Patrick/Murray Administration's "on the mend and on the move" / "faster and stronger" meme. But one thing is becoming abundantly clear: whenever we do manage finally to pull out of the economic doldrums, we're going to have to look out of state to get ice cream for the party.