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Shopper’s World event

October 18th, 2009

Last month I started my awesome new job at the Framingham History Center and we recently began a monthly event called “History Roundtable Discussion”.  I suggested having one about the old Shopper’s World and my boss was very supportive of the idea.  So now I’m looking for any old photos and artifacts to display (I love my job!).

We’d love it if people would loan or donate anything for this event, a few people have already submitted some great old photos and items but there’s always room for more.  We’ll also be showing the old neon sign that was on route 30 and serving Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins!  The event will be December 5th so I’ll be posting again as we get closer, but if anyone wants to contribute you can email me at:


  1. I’m so happy for you! sounds like this job is perfect for you!

    erin b

    Comment by erinb October 19, 2009 @ 6:02 am

  2. sounds great, Michelle! Ihope I can attend the Dec. 5 event. I must admit, I’d probably love working there, too! I am a huge history buff and in fact I have a B.A. in History from Stonehill College. It’s hard to believe I’ve lived in Framingham so long now (almost 23 years) that I remember some of the recent history such as the old Shopper’s World, Duca’s, Wallace’s restaurant, etc.!

    Comment by Rev.Bob Baril October 19, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  3. There’s a great group on Facebook called “The old Shoppers World was better” that has lots of old pictures.

    Comment by Bill Greenberg - Good Computer Guy October 19, 2009 @ 10:12 am

  4. Michelle – congrats on the new job – it sounds like a perfect fit for you. Come into the Library – we have lots of stuff for you to browse through.

    Comment by laraine October 19, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

  5. WOW!! I am super excited, this sounds so great. Good for you on giving them this great idea. Great Job!

    Comment by Chuckles Puma October 19, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  6. I moved to framingham in 1969 and lived there until 1990….but continued to commute there for my job until 2003. I have very fond memories of taking my children in the late 60s early 70s to the playground at shoppers world. It was in the courtyard and the kids loved it. We also got them shoes at hanlon shoes..home store was in downtown natick. There was also, i believe, a big toy store at the rte 30 end of shoppers world and also a stop and shop I frequented. I also went to Casual Corner on the bottom level of shoppers world for my own clothes. Nothing was better than finishing up all the errands and taking home some great jordan marsh blueberry muffins. As the years went on we also had the great joan and ed’s deli which is now in the former sherwood plaza across route 9. I don’t remember if the movie theater was always at shoppers world but that was a favorite spot too.

    Comment by Phyllis starr October 19, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

  7. I have fond memories of the “concerts on the green” which were conducted on the lawn/courtyard at the Route 30 end…

    Comment by Eric October 20, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  8. This is great news.

    Comment by Chris Swift October 23, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

  9. Awesome. I was just commenting to my wife the other day about the 3 metal poles that are still up at the corner of Speen Street & Route 30. They held one of the Shopper’s World signs. I took some photos at the mall shortly before it closed. I will try to find them.

    Comment by Clinton October 30, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

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