Visions For Vacancies: Friendly's

What would you like to see done with the former Friendly's location in Stoughton at the corner of Washington and Lincoln Streets?

Drive around Stoughton and you'll notice a number of empty storefronts and buildings.

We're continuing a new series titled "." We'll showcase an empty storefront and ask you what should take up the space.

Last week we started things off by asking what you would like to see done with the .

This week, we turn our attention to the former at the corner of Washington and Lincoln Streets, adjacent to Shaw's Plaza. 

Even though Friendly's was a popular gathering spot in town for many years, it was after the Wilbraham, MA-based Friendly Ice Cream Corporation filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

What would you like to see take its place? Bring back Friendly's? Open another ice cream parlor or another restaurant, diner or coffee shop? Turn it into retail space instead?

Take our poll and let us know your specific ideas in the comments section.

Jo-ann Barley Overstreet July 26, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The very least, they property owners should cut the grass!
Lynn Rawlings July 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Turn it into a nice restaurant.
Longtime Resident July 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Is there anything the town can do to get the owner to mow the lawn? Between that property, the old bowling alley and the bank that has been empty for a few years and never does anything to their building the whole area looks derelict and forlorn. If I was looking for a place to rent just the atmosphere would make me think twice.
Snyder's Stoughton July 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM
We should make it the national headquarters for Patch. Or, maybe a Mary Lou's coffee place!
Pam July 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Wish Zachary's had decided to move here instead! Any kind of restaurant would be great. Not many good places to eat in this town (except for breakfast-- then there are LOTS of choices!).
Fiscal Conservative July 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
How about a Pizza Parlor or a Chinese Restaurant. The town could certainly use one of them.
Joann July 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Bring back Friendly's!!!
Joann July 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Little Cesaers should become a Marylou's!! :)
Joseph DiCicco July 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Please not Mary Lou's coffee, they are the worst for coffee around...
Joseph DiCicco July 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM
How many Pizza Parlors or Chinese Restaurants do we need...how about an Ice Cream Parlor where you make your own at a price where everyone can enjoy...
Les July 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM
How about a visitor center.
Jeffrey Pickette (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Some suggestions from our Facebook page so far (http://www.facebook.com/StoughtonPatch): Mary Lou's, Dairy Queen, Boston Market, and a restaurant that offers healthy options and 1/2 sized portions.
Carol July 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
With all the unfair publicity they are getting lately, I would like to see a Chic-fil-A in that spot if Friendly's will definitely not consider bcoming back.
Fiscal Conservative July 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
For those who remember....bring back a recreation of Webster's Ice Cream Parlor, only add an old time Soda Fountain to go with it. Bet, if done right, the place would be a success.
Sarah July 27, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Last thing this town needs is another cheap chain restuarant or fast food place. A quality restaurant, brew pub, or nice retail shop of some sort would be great.
Sarah July 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I agree, this would have been a great location for Zachary's! Its got parking and a kitchen already, its closer to downtown, and it seems bigger than their current location.
Regina Ierardi July 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Funny, I just read "October Stories" a memoir of sorts written by a former resident about Stoughton in 1954. Webster's was mentioned and my exact thought was wouldn't someplace like that be fun and a draw? Plus you can PARK at the building. Agreed that if done right it would be a success. Also think Stoughton could use some more places in the vein of La Storia -- non-chain where you can go for a close to home evening out.
Les July 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
How about keeping up with the times--make it an Internet cafe, or an unemployment office, or lease the space to ACORN. Hey Liz Warren could pitch a tee-pee out front and use it as a campaign headquarters or an Indian museum.
Roseanne July 28, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I would love to see Starbucks in that spot. I go to the ones in Canton and Brockton since they closed the Stoughton store, but would rather spend my money here in Stoughton.
SoxFan July 28, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I also would like to have seen Zachary's go in there instead of where they are moving to. I don't think a coffee shop because of the amount of traffic they bring. That's a nasty intersection to have that many people going in and out all around the same time. Maybe a bakery/sandwich shop. And please cut the grass.
Deanna Grace August 05, 2013 at 11:19 AM
We should have a Marylou's there cause there are not that many around. So it would be a great change!


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