After closing back in March, the former Friendly's restaurant in Windham now has a "leased" sign up and people are wondering what could be moving in.

A New England staple since the 1970s, Friendly's has struggled in the 2010s financially. They have filled for bankruptcy on more than one occasion and earlier this year closed all the Friendly's stores in Maine except for the South Portland location. The Windham store was one of those victims closing their doors in May.

It remained vacant for months. In that time it got a quick coat of gray paint to cover up Friendly's red and white colors. It wasn't until recently that the "For Lease" sign was changed to a "Leased" sign, and that's when people on social media started speculating about what could be taking Friendly's place.

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We've done some digging and haven't found any official answers but the speculation abounds. People have said it's a new bank, a Chipotle, Dollar General, Starbucks, a medical marijuana dispensary and even a Hooters.

But what most people seem to think is that it will be Portland Pie Company. The Portland Pie Company opened in Portland in 1997 and was such a success that they currently have seven locations across Maine and New Hampshire. They even sell their own dough and sauce in grocery stores.

Could an eighth Portland Pie location be coming to Windham? We'll be keeping an eye out to see what happens.


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