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News Updates: November 2004

All updates from the month of November 2004 are listed below.

Updates for November 19, 2004
Written by Justin on November 19, 2004 at 8:33PM

Wonder Bread is Toast and much more...

  • Lots of news since the last update. However, the most significant one is likely that the Wonder Bread factory has been entirely demolished. While small 1-foot tall parts of the building are still intact, the mass of the building is entirely gone, and you can now see Macy's and even the AMC Cinema from Speen Street. I've added some pictures to the site of the factory during the beginning stages of demolistion to the Wonder Bread/New Natick Mall page.
  • But that's not all from the Natick Mall. In fact, new plans are to be presented to the Natick Planning Board regarding the construction of the mall expansion. While the expansion has been appealed by three different parties, including the town of Framingham, the mall wants to construct a connection from the old mall to the new mall, before the appeals process is resolved. The idea is that at least something can get built on the Wonder Bread site and they will be a small step ahead of the game. The story's online at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=82815.
  • Still in Natick, the Famous Footwear people are saying that their new store is open, according to this page: http://www.famousfootwear.com/shop.asp?ShopID=2440. A grand opening appears to be set for November 26th and 27th.
  • Heading over the line into Framingham, the new Filene's Basement store opened at 341 Worcester Rd, in the Rte. 30 Mall at the former home of Office Depot. It opened on November 17th after a massive facade improvement. At last, the giant building has a few windows! The story's at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=83316, and a Rte. 30 Mall page is coming soon.
  • And speaking of Office Depot, their grand opening seems closer than ever. On a map of store locations on their website, Framingham is listed as OPENING SOON.
  • Finally, an approval for the Lowe's Home Improvement Center planned for Framingham is seeming closer than ever, although that's not to say it is close. The designs for the building are getting closer and closer to what the cranky Planning Board envisions, some of whom are planning a clone to Lowe's Hilton Head, SC location, whatever that might look look. A rendering of the building from the MWDN has been added to the Verizon Building/Lowe's page.
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