Out of business: T.G.I. Friday’s closes Maryville restaurant
By Robert Norris (email@example.com)
T.G.I. Friday’s closed its Maryville restaurant Tuesday.
Employees learned of the closure when they arrived for work in the morning at 104 Keller Lane location.
An employee who was contacted to confirm the closing said, “Unfortunately, it’s closed. It happened this morning. No one knew. But it is closed forever.”
By Tuesday evening, all of the Friday’s logos on the exterior of the building were gone. The highway signage along West Broadway Avenue had been taken out of its frame, and a large Friday’s sign was lying in the grass. Some of building’s trademark red-and-white-striped awnings had been removed.
Paper signs with the Friday’s logo were affixed to the front and side doors as well as to the back employee-only entrance.
The printed notices stated: “Attention all valued T.G.I. Friday’s guests. This T.G.I. Friday’s location has ceased business operations as of August 8th, 2011. Please allow us to provide you with an excellent Friday’s guest experience at the following T.G.I. Friday’s locations.”
The address of the restaurant’s Knoxville location on Northshore Drive was listed as the recommended alternative.
The casual dining chain is a unit of the Carlson Companies based in Carrollton, Texas.
The corporate headquarters had no comment on the closure, referring questions to a San Francisco-based communications firm, where the spokesperson for the T.G.I. Friday’s account was unavailable. A call was made to a suggested New York City location of the communications firm, but that call was not returned Tuesday.
A call to the Friday’s phone at its Maryville restaurant elicited a telephone company recording that stated: “We’re sorry you have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service.”