Apparently, national restaurant chains are in trouble; they’ve certainly been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Applebee’s and Red Lobster have both made headlines recently for their struggles, but they’re not the only ones.

According to, TGI Fridays has closed its Brick location, bringing to eight the number of restaurants in New Jersey that they have shuttered.

The previous seven they shut down were in Marlton, Iselin, Hackensack, Wayne, Eatontown, Springfield, and Princeton.

As we continue along our path of transformation to revitalize the Fridays brand and implement a long-term growth strategy, we see a bright future for TGI Fridays," Weldon Spangler, CEO of TGI Fridays, said in a news release in January. "We are at the helm of a pivotal moment that will allow us to explore boundless advancement, expansion, and innovation to keep delivering 'That Fridays Feeling' that our fans know and love.

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TGI Fridays announced in January that they would be closing at least 36 underperforming restaurants as part of its “growth strategy.”

The chain has about 210 U.S. locations, with eight remaining in New Jersey, with no immediate word about any additional closings. Worldwide, they operate over 600 stores in 51 countries.

Ray Risley, U.S. president and chief operating officer at TGI Fridays said in a release,

By strengthening our franchise model and closing underperforming stores, we are creating an unprecedented opportunity for Fridays to drive forward its vision for the future.

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With so many trends of the 1990's back in style, it's a great time to look back at a strong foundation of 80's and 90's culture — New Jersey mall shopping. Some stores were a highlight, every trip.

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Items now too expensive for NJ so spend money on

Buzzfeed recently conducted a survey that asked folks what they're cutting back on in an effort to try and save money. Although not everything on that survey relates to New Jerseyans, the ones that mainly do are listed below.

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