Friendly’s CEO John Maguire steps down, praises company for recent progress

Friendly’s CEO John Maguire, a former Panera Bread executive who took the helm at Friendly’s just months after the chain emerged from bankruptcy, is leaving after more than six years with the Greater Springfield mainstay. Maguire is leaving to take another job in the restaurant industry, which he said will be announced at a later date. Friendly’s said Wednesday that George Michel, who served as CEO of Boston Market Corp. for eight years, will be  interim CEO at Friendly’s.

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