S. Prestley Blake

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S. Prestley Blake
Stewart Prestley Blake

(1914-11-26)November 26, 1914
DiedFebruary 11, 2021(2021-02-11) (aged 106)
Florida, U.S.
Years active1935-1979
Known forCo-founder of the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation

Stewart Prestley Blake (November 26, 1914 – February 11, 2021) was an American businessman. He was a co-founder of the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation (known more commonly as "Friendly's").[1]

Blake founded the Friendly's national restaurant chain during the Great Depression, in 1935. The company was sold to Hershey Foods in 1979 for $164 million, and again for $375 million in 1988.[2][3] He was chairman of the company until 1979.

In 2006 he was minority shareholder in Friendly's.[4]

Blake died on February 11, 2021 in Florida, aged 106.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Jim Kinney. "Friendly's co-founder Curtis Blake celebrates 100th birthday". Masslive.com. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  2. "Friendly's co-founder S. Prestley Blake nears 100th birthday; Springfield to celebrate". masslive.com.
  3. "Friendly's and its founders are aging well". BostonGlobe.com.
  4. "Unfriendly maneuvers". boston.com. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  5. Friendly's Co-Founder S. Prestley Blake Dies At 106