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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.

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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