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Ski Market Plaza changes

November 30th, 2010

I was driving by the old Ski Market on Route 9 as lots of people do everyday and haven’t looked up permits but I’ll go out on a limb and guess there will be a Dunkin’ Donuts moving in.  I think it would be an odd place considering Panache Coffee is also in that same plaza, but I guess DD knows no competition with their loyal following.  I’d be more excited if their coffee was consistent from store to store but it’s not what it used to be.
Or who knows, maybe the driver of that truck just happened to stop for a cup of coffee at Panche?


  1. I believe that Summit Sport Ski Shop across from the Route 9 Fire Station may be moving there.

    Comment by Mark Galante November 30, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

  2. I saw that. I was wondering about it, since there’s also a sign in the window saying that Summit Ski Shop is moving there, too.

    Comment by Karen November 30, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

  3. Just what Framingham needs… another Dunkin Donuts.

    Comment by Bill Greenberg - Good Computer Guy November 30, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

  4. If Dunkins is going in I hope Panache isn’t put out of business. They are such nice people and the shop has such a relaxing atmosphere.

    Comment by Nicole November 30, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

  5. How come nothing interesting ever goes into our local shopping plazas? Nobody local has enough imagination and money to start up something unique?

    Comment by Dave November 30, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  6. I believe that type of signage for a DD is for a “concept” store. Which would be kind of cool.

    Comment by Stan Marsh December 1, 2010 @ 9:50 am

  7. That would be a most odd location for a DD as it sits halfway between two others, on each side of route 9. Then again, I work in Boston where there is one on just about every other corner.

    The Summi Sport Ski Shop would make more sense…

    Comment by gary December 1, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  8. I agree w/Nicole. There’s not a lot of vision around here when it comes to innovative, or interesting shops. I’d love to see someone take a page out of Susan Sarandon’s book and open up a ping-pong bar around here.

    Comment by Chris December 1, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  9. It is Summit Ski and Snowboarding that is coming there…passed the construction today and saw a sign in the window.

    Comment by Izzybob December 1, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  10. Maybe DD isn’t moving there, but there are altogether too many of them already. Visiting California this summer I was struck by how many local, independent donut shops there were, with really great donuts made on site, unlike Dunkin whose locations get their donuts from a central plant.

    I didn’t grow up here. Did there used to be independent donut shops that were strangled by DD, or was it always this way?

    Comment by foppy December 2, 2010 @ 9:30 am

  11. Glad to see Summit Ski thriving and perhaps wanting to grab better real estate or a bigger place. I hope something decent goes into replacing their old space — that’s such a nice building.
    To those who lament too many DD’s in town, I’m of the same mindset. The problem is, a spot on Rte. 9 is such a cash cow for fast food, who wouldn’t want to set up shop there? I’d love more interesting and independently owned places around town, but only places like Wellesley have quick and close access to all that wealth that allows those little shops to survive (and, perhaps, bylaws that keep out the mundane). Alas, This is Framingham….

    Comment by Matt December 2, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  12. there used to be other donut jobs before DD’s but they got so big they just ate them up. We used to have Mr Donut around here. Atleast honey dew is still around. Wish they could operate a rt 9 shop.

    Comment by Rob December 2, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  13. Mr Donut. that was around me in Medford as a kid.

    Comment by Rich December 2, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  14. I do miss the days when they actually MADE the donuts at DD in the store and you knew they would be fresh. But now the coffee is more important than the donuts. 🙁

    Comment by Laura December 2, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  15. I thought the same thing when I saw that but then realized that it was just an extra sign on the sign company truck when they were there working on the ski market sign. Not related to that plaza at all

    Comment by Boya December 7, 2010 @ 11:01 am

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