Bradlees to Kohl's
Worcester Road, Framingham, MA, 01701
Facility built: Unknown
Stage: Spring 2002? to Fall 2002
Facility opening: October 10, 2002
stores in former: Bradlees, MetroWest Bank, BankNorth ATM
(Store) website: http://www.kohls.com
opened at Shopper's World in the early 1960's, and was located in an
outlot located to the west of the mall structure. The Bradlees'
facility included the store, which was a regional version of Wal-Mart,
and a small snack bar. Judging from the interior of the store, it
appeared to be renovated sometime during the 1980s. It was to be exempt
of Melvin Simon's proposed reconstruction of Shopper's World during the
late 1980s, and when the facility was eventually demolished and rebuilt
as a power center during the
mid-1990s, the Bradlees was ignored. Nevertheless, it typically claimed
be a part of the power center in marketing information and promotions.
Toward the end of the store's life, the place was really falling apart:
clueless employees and potholes in the aisles didn't give off a great
perception. Also toward the end, part of the store's parking lot was
leased out to Massport for extra Logan Express parking. The lot later
relocated to the Cloverleaf Mall.
26, 2000, Bradlees management decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
and close all of the chain's remaining stores, which included
Framingham. When Bradlees closed early in 2001, it left the area devoid
of a general merchandise big-box store (following the loss of Caldor
and Ames) until the opening of Target in October of that year.
Bradlees closed in late-winter 2001, legal deliberations began. DDC,
which owned Shopper's World; the remains of Bradlees, and Stop and
Shop, which for years owned Bradlees but was in charge of liquidating
the chain; were all involved in a legal case regarding who owned the
store. Finally, the case was settled, and a day later, Kohl's announced
that they would open at the Bradlees site. The
construction consisted of gutting the building and tearing out the
front wall, reconstructing them to match the style seen on Kohl's
other recent stores, and then installing a matching facade on the other
sides of the building.
first Boston area Kohl's stores opened in April 2002, the Framingham
store was delayed as a result of the legal battle. The store eventually
opened on Thursday, October 10, 2002; the first 450 customers received
a beauty kit. Kohl's Danvers store opened on the same day, with the
chain's first Providence-area stores opening a week later.
there was a small ATM outlot on the property. Originally, this housed
MetroWest Bank, but when that bank was acquired by BankNorth of
Portland, ME; the building's signage changed appropriately. The ATM
closed in either late 2003 or early 2004, and that building currently
My Pictures: Taken May 8, 2004
Media: Photos of Framingham Bradlees,
Related Links: Bradlees at Deadmalls