Another Friendly just closed in New Jersey

There was Haddon Township. There was Cherry Hill. There was Mount Laurel. They have all lost the location of a Friendly restaurant in recent years.

Now it’s happening to Marlton.

The family casual restaurant known for its ice cream had a location there since 1983. It was in the Marlton Commons shopping center. Thirty-nine years of Jim Dandy and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae.

That’s seven American presidents. This was the year Tom Cruise of New Jersey had “Risky Business”. Gasoline was only $1.24 a gallon that year. Thirty-nine years has passed faster than you can eat a Fishamajig Supermelt.

Monday August 15 was the end of the road. A sign left on the door of the business announcing the permanent closure read: ‘Please come and visit us at our Deptford location! We hope to see you there!”

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I was disappointed when Friendly’s by the Ace Hardware at 22 in Somerville closed shortly after I moved nearby. I remember the years when there was a Friendly’s inside the Woodbridge Center shopping mall where my dad loved to take me. Looks like it’s already gone forever.

There are 18 Friendly locations remaining in New Jersey, one of which is temporarily closed.

If you need a Jim Dandy fix, these are:

Blackwood – 100 Premium Outlets Drive

Cinnaminson – 505 Route 130

Clark – 1463 Raritan Road

Convent Station – 192 Madison Avenue

Deptford – 1220 Hurffville Road

Elmwood Park – 240 Rte 46

East Glassboro – 1100 North Delsea Drive

Hackettstown – 304 Mountain Avenue

Marlton – Route 70 West

Metuchen – 550 Middlesex Ave

Newton – 9 Hampton House Road, Route 206

Old Bridge – 180 Ferry Road

Robbinsville – 1031 Washington Boulevard

Sicklerville – 647 Cross Keys Road

Sussex – 455 State Route 23

Toms River – 1210 Hooper Ave

Toms River – 981 Route 37 West

Voorhees – 9103 downtown boulevard – Temporarily closed

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