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History Roundtable Discussion: Shoppers World

December 2nd, 2009

It’s finally here!  My work, the Framingham History Center, is holding their monthly History Roundtable discussion and this month we’re discussing the sorely missed original Shoppers World.

Saturday, December 5
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Edgell Memorial Library (3 Oak St.)

Tell you own stories or listen to others and check out the display of photos and artifacts, including the old route 30 sign which was “fun” for my gracious volunteer crew to move into the display area:

We’ll be serving “Jordan Marsh” blueberry muffins provided by the culinary students at Keefe Tech and Panache coffee will graciously be supplying the joe.  So before you go to battle route 9 to do holiday shopping at the current stupid “Shoppers World”, stop by and remember the original!


  1. Will there be anything as far as display or otherwise available to view following the Saturday morning event? Further, will the roundtable be recorded in any way (audio and/or video)? Been looking forward to this since your first mention of it; however, Saturday is one of the rare Saturday mornings that I have another commitment. Sounds like a great event!

    Comment by Scott December 2, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  2. Hi Scott,
    A lot of the loaned items will be going back to their owners on Monday but send me an email and we can set something set up for you to look at the sign and what we have out form our collection. We will be recording people’s stories too. My work email is michelle[at]
    Talk to you later!

    Comment by michelle December 2, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  3. Please take and post lots of pictures!

    Comment by Chris December 4, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  4. While shoppers world was a big part of framingham history it was an ugly eyesore on route nine. When i look at photos of route nine then and now i think we are on the right track…smaller signs , more trees and landscaping.
    Its nice to have memories of the past especially when we can see our progress towards a better future for Framingham.

    Comment by frank December 6, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

  5. There was a lot wrong with Shoppers World, but I’ll contend it had 10 times the charm of the new one. Now it is a generic big-box strip mall, not intended for casual browsing.

    I was at the get-together last Saturday. (And I look forward to the hinted-at exhibit in 2010) I don’t think anyone had on rose-colored glasses about the old Shoppers World. It was simply a more intimate, family-friendly, serendipity-inducing shopping experience.

    That said, when the new mall is eventually torn down, there will probably be plenty of people with nostalgic tales about it, too.

    Comment by Clinton December 9, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  6. Hello – I was wondering if you might have contact information for the “” sister site on the history of the Shoppers World Cinema regarding a photo inquiry.

    I’m very impressed by this site and the others I’ve seen that deal with the fascinating history of Shoppers World. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find site contact info on any of them! 🙂

    Comment by Dave January 1, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  7. The Google image archive has some great old photos of Shoppper’s World. Unfortunately they listed the location as “Farmingham”.

    Comment by Jeff February 27, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  8. The link for the photos is:

    Comment by Jeff February 27, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

  9. Anyone remember having a photograph in their 8th (?) grade math book? I shouldn’t admit it but I spent a lot of time in the area of Flutie’s Path when it was woods and a stream.

    Comment by Jo November 7, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

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