Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dying Mall Blamed for Closure of Utah's First T.G.I.Friday's

This article from Utah's Deseret News caught my eye because of the claim that "a slumping business environment surrounding [a] partially demolished shopping mall," is the reason that the first T.G.I.Friday's to open in Utah is shutting its doors.

No mention is made of America's overall "slumping environment," or the fact that a T.G.I.Friday's might fail to attract diners because their food is A., Overpriced and B., God-Awful. No reference is made, also, to the possibility that bad, overpriced restaurant chains shuttering their doors might actually be a good thing. In fact, the piece ends on the dubiously optimistic claim that "many [laid-off workers] will be rehired when the company opens a new T.G.I. Friday's location near Valley Fair Mall in August."

Hopefully Deseret News's intrepid editors will save this piece to copy and paste a year from now when the Valley Fair Mall's T.G.I.Friday's goes under.



Blogger 'DJ' Brian said...

Amen, Alan. You're absolutely right. If people really thought that the value was right for the quality, the places wouldn't be struggling. You never hear about the chains that are doing really well; the ones that sell good food and a price that is fair. They do exist.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 1:38:00 AM  
Anonymous bevo said...

Can TGI Friday's in Salt Lake sell alcoholic beverages? If not, then I am not sure how the outlet could survive this long.

Now, if Utah repealed their ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages, then the point is moot because we can attribute the failure to Utahans having develop a sense of taste.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 10:07:00 AM  

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