Welcome to Framingham/Natick Retail
Framingham/Natick Retail. This website is designed to provide news
updates and historical profiles of retail shopping centers in the
Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is the densest area of retail in
the state of Massachusetts, consisting of the land within the triangle
by Route 9 (Worcester St./Rd.), Route 30 (Cochituate Rd.), and Speen
St., in the towns of Framingham and Natick. This site
changes that that this area has undergone since the construction of
Shopper's World in 1951, from the developments of the 50's and 60's to
their replacements during the 90's and today. To start, please
select one of the defunct facilities from the bar on the left to see
how it has evolved with the times and became what it is today. If you
have any comments,
memories, or questions about the site, you are welcome to submit them
using the feedback box, a link to which
can be found on the left bar. Thanks for
visiting, and enjoy the site!
Written by Justin on August 2, 2009 at 3:43PM
did you go!"
- I'm taking care of the feedback
backlog this afternoon, so I've made a number of updates (thanks to
readers) to several of the pages.
- There is one optimistic piece
of retail news this summer. In June, Nordstrom announced that a 40,000
sq. ft. Nordstrom Rack store will open at the former Linens 'N Things
in Shopper's World next spring - the second in the Boston area. And
there's somewhat of a back story, too - in September 1989, Nordstrom
tentatively announced plans to open a full-line store at a proposed
replacement for the original Shopper's World, to have been operated by
Simon Malls. Those plans stalled, and Shopper's World was ultimately
redeveloped as a "power center." This announcement finally brings a
Nordstrom property to Shopper's World and Framingham, 21 years after it
Written by Justin on March 15, 2009 at 8:30PM
Your suggestions, comments,
memories and questions are always welcome on the Framingham/Natick
Retail feedback page.
- Sorry about the lack of updates
lately. I've been extremely busy with a number of other projects over
the past few months, so Framingham/Natick Retail has been somewhat on
the back burner. At the same time, with the retail picture turning
grim, perhaps it is fitting that a website that glorifies shopping
centers in the area sits idle.
- Regardless, all of the pages
for the shopping centers have been updated with store closings that
have taken place, and obviously there have been more than a few. Linens
'N Things, Circuit City, and Filene's Basement have together abandoned
nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of retail in the Golden Triangle over the past
few months, along with a number of other closings in the upscale wing
of the Natick Collection. Stay tuned to F/NR for more details on what
giants will fall next.
updates from last month and earlier can now be found in the News Archive.
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