38 thoughts on “Share your memories of Shoppers World

  1. I grew up in Framingham and remember Shopper’s World very well. Originally the end with Jordan’s basement was open and had a playground with small amusement rides. Later they built Jordan’s basement and Toy’s R us, closing that end of the mall.

    I worked in security there for several years. Remember all the underground tunnels under the mall, kind of spooky at 3 in the morning. Also remember when someone let all the animals out of the petting zoo and we were chasing them around the parking lot. I learned how to direct traffic there at Christmas time in a sub-zero snow storm. Also remember sitting up in the Jordan’s dome observing the customers below.

  2. I am from Dedham. I first went to shoppers world in September 1980. I went to see the empire strikes back at the cinema. little did I realize I would be going there every Saturday night to the movies. I would walk around shoppers world for hours before the movie. there was the small bookstore on the 2nd level. friendlies on the bottom. Jordan marsh of course. unfortunately replaced by that monstrosity that’s there now. only up there a few times a year now. it was a great place for me to relieve stress from the week. I sure do miss it because it took a part of me with it when it was gone.

  3. I remember getting lost in Jordan Marsh Basement the day it opened, I went inside the rack and when I came out my mother was gone.

    I also remember the shoe store in JM, It has a stage for the kids to sit with animal seats. I thought that was the greatest thing when I was little

  4. My family loved Shoppers World and I clearly remember the reindeer and all the stores that others have mentioned. In high school, I became a waitress at Friendly’s. I wore a grey dress, a white ironed apron, and white polished shoes. We had to pass inspection before we were allowed out on the floor. We were taught to ask if customers wanted to “make it Friendly” by adding fries or onion rings to their sandwich.

  5. I remember being real young shopping.with my dad and going into the cinema to see my Grandfather who was manager over there forever..great times :(

  6. I remember playing at the playground in front of the Jordan Marsh portion of the courtyard as a little kid. Although I don’t have many memories (as I was only about 6 when they tore it down), I think that this was a unique part of the post WWII American landscape. It symbolized a sense of hope and renewal for the 20th century. A promising emblem of democracy.

  7. My mother worked at Jordan Marsh for many years, part-time, evenings in a department called “Daytime Dresses” — can’t imagine there even was such a distinction! I remember going to pick her up each night at closing time with my dad, in our big, blue Buick. Later, I spent every single Saturday afternoon there as a “tween” just hanging around with a group of girlfriends. Such a wonderful place. I remember it vividly.

  8. I had alot of fun working at Shoppers World.I worked at Laurence Stationary for 21-22 years, I remember all the things everyone has written about.. I was going there since I was about 8 years old

  9. I loved the Windsor Button Shop. There is nothing like it around anymore.

  10. Reading all these memories brought back my own – I MUST go see this exhibuit!

    My mom always parked on the west side, near the pole with the red ball on top, and we’d walk – usually up – the tunnel and go into Jordan Marsh. Then we’d end up at the lower level and walk to the other end where the rides were. If something was going on it was always fun to walk around the upper level and look down.

    The merry-go-round and the boats were my favorite, and that ferris wheel – small and caged – is still my ideal of that kind of ride.

    We always saw Santa at Christmas, and visited the reindeer. I have vague memories of seeing Rex Trailer there, too. I remember waiting in a long line to see Mary Poppins, and hearing a lady complaining about “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte” being shown at the same time in the other cinema.

    In high school, we’d mostly go to the Natick Mall (that mall is a memory now, too) and probably took Shopper’s World for granted, but I doubt there will be any fond memories of what replaced it.

    It’s always good the see the soldiers around town at Christmas, though.

  11. Having worked at the cinema since 1979, Shoppers World was always the best place to be. Fun, food, shopping and great entertainment. I saw so many changes and have so many great memories. It certainly was a sad day when the old cinema closed back in December of 94. I still have the Balcony Closed sign.

  12. Watching the flames flare up as the steaks were being cooked at Round Up Steakhouse… we ate there as a family many times… sliding the trays down the line… across the way, Laurence Stationery, riding the escalators in Jordan’s Basement store, seeing Jaws at the Cinema… Shopper’s World will always be remembered… they should tear down the current mistake and rebuild the family friendly mall that was.

  13. Grew up in Framingham and Shopper’s World was a big part of childhood. We used to ride our bikes over on Sunday (when stores used to be closed on Sunday’s.) We would ride all around the walkways… across the bridges and up and down the ramps… until the security guard would come out at shoo us away… didn’t stop us from doing it again. Wish those ramps were still around…

  14. I remember many things about Shopper’s World – shopped there often, with my mom as a kid and as an adult. My favorite memories are of the changing landscaping and decor in the center, choirs singing at the holidays, the amusement rides (where I got so scared on the little ferris wheel as a four-year-old that I had to get off the ride), Windsor Button (oh, how I miss them), Joan & Ed’s, those great sheltered tunnels and walkways where you could get from store to store in the fresh air yet not be rained or snowed on, all of the great clothes at Jordan Marsh, looking for bargains at the Basement, the fun things at the stationery store… but most of all, the critters at the holidays – sheep and reindeer and bunnies.

    Shoppers’ World was a community gathering place. We lost a lot when we lost it.

    The “new” Shoppers World is about as much fun as a root canal. I avoid it as much as possible.

  15. I think I was about 5 in this photo. Our grandmothers took us out for the day.

  16. Fitts Hobby Shop, McCrories, and Windsor , the whole place was iconic.
    That new “power center” has no soul at all.
    I remember seeing teams of snow shovelers on the JM dome to get the snow off it to keep it from caving in, and that was in the early 70′s. The Christmas “tin” soldiers still survive, from what I understand.

  17. I tell people that if (when) I hit the lottery I will re-create Shopper’s World! (With up to date stores though!)

    Everyone I know misses it so much and the kids today missed out on a truly memorable shopping experience like no other.

    So sad that it’s gone.

  18. When I was young before I had my driver’s license my friends and I would thumb to Shoppers World to shop at Christmas and sometimes just to hang out. In high school I had a friend who worked on the amusement rides , he really enjoyed it. When I got older I joined the carpenters union #475 in Ashland and one job I had was the carpenter stewart at Shopper World. I remember building the new one while the old one was used for offices for the contractors. Before they tore it down the general contractor put on a large cookout for the workers. It seemed so odd to sit in the middle, eating and talking about the old days. Looking around there was no one shopping, just a funny, empty feeling. Our group was the last to leave and I have to say it was a sad moment to say goodbye to the old girl. When they started to tear it down the next day I could feel all my childhood memories go down with it. At that time I thought it did but they’re still there and so strong, all the good times I had with my friends.

    Tony Camuti
    Natick

  19. I went to Shopper’s World many times while growing up. I worked in several stores there too. In 1986 or so I took my son George and his friend Nicole to ride an elephant there!

  20. Oh, I sure remember Shoppers World. My mom and I used to go quite often – I loved Jordan Marsh and still have some of the costume jewelry and other things that I bought at Jordan’s. I can still remember where all the clothes were located!!!!!! Of course….the ramps up and down to the two levels…..It was better than taking the subway into Boston….oh yes, the Windsor Button Shop….the outdoor decorations and the live deer at Christmas.

    So many memories!!!!!!!!! Can’t forget Friendly’s where we would get ice cream, of course!!!!!!!!

  21. I roamed that place with friends so often…used to love running up and down the ramps and across the beautifully landscaped courtyards inside. There was a cool hobby shop (Fitts?), Hickory Farms, Sears, Jordan Marsh. My brother was an undercover security guard at Jordan Marsh and used to bring those famous blueberry muffins home once in a while. What a great piece of Americans and a true symbol of the beginnings of the suburban sprawl.

  22. My parents would bring us to see the reindeer every year. It was something we looked forward to for months.

  23. My younger brother and I used to call Jordan Marsh “Jordan Marshmallow” because of the building’s white bubble top.

  24. Steve, there was an Octoberfest in late 1977 sponsored by Tuborg. As I recall, they weren’t too strict about serving people. I think they may have come back one more year before the Town Fathers got wise.

  25. I was 16 yrs. old in December 1956 and soon after that I got my first job at Stop and Shop. I was a cashier and on our breaks we would go to a restaurant that had a counter (I don’t remember the name, but on the same level as the store) and have a coke or coffee. I worked with terrific people.

  26. please i remember an octoberfest in the parking lot somewhere between 1975 and 1978 does anyone recall

  27. In 1951, at age 9, I traveled from Roxbury to Shopper’s World with my parents to buy me a dress for my sister’s wedding. A yellow, organdy dress was purchased at Jordan Marsh Co.!

    My now 48 year old son got to milk a cow at SW & we enjoyed Friday night summer concerts there in the ’70′s.
    Who can forget the Frostline store? We still have down vests, jackets & backpacks that my husband made with kits bought from that store.

  28. As a kid in the sixties growing up in the Musterfield, it was a nice walk up Route nine to go to Shoppers World. My Mother worked at Jordan Marsh. My Uncle Joe owned Shoppers World Barbershop. Christmas time was especially fun there too.

    Will visit exhibit soon.

  29. I remember the tunnel ramp as mentioned by a previous writer. In the winter this was a very cold wind tunnel. My wife and 3 sons loved to stand on one of the crossing ramps and look down at the Christmas displays and the people walking around. I can’t wait to go to the exhibit.

  30. Sooooo John Stearns….what was found in the horses mouths that spring?? I’m dying to know!

  31. Wow-the 50-60 was to be at Shoppers World for a great time. Gave my girlfriend (now wife) the ring on her break as she worked at Jorden Marsh.
    Does anyone remember what was found one Spring in the mouths of the horse at the merryground?. It was a shock. The many smiles we had.

  32. I worked at Jordan Marsh in the 1960′s. I remember the domed roof that leaked and the bakery with the wonderful muffins. There was an underground entrance for employees that I used long after I worked there. I often ate in their restaurant, at the counter, and the sandwiches were great. I remember another store, the Stich ‘n knit, where my mother bought a tablecloth for me to embroider. Construction materials for my wedding veil were purchased at Windsor Button. Christmas was always magical, with the deer in a corrall in the courtyard, and all the lights.

    The replacement has all the charm of a superhighway, with no shade or places to get out of the rain. And certainly none of the new stores draws your attention like Jordan’s dome did.

  33. Just being outside and shoppingon a warm day or even a snowy day. Blueberry muffins at the Jordan Marsh restaurant down stairs at the basement! Friendly’s for lunch and Casual Corner!

  34. Too many memories but here are a few:

    My mom always parked by the Toys R Us entrance because I liked waking through the tunnel ramp into the courtyard on the 2nd level

    Visiting the Easter Bunny in the Gazebo

    Taking the train ride in the courtyard

    Buying movie tickets early so I could walk around the stores and buy candy/snacks to sneak into the movie

    I was so sad when they tore down the old Shoppers World. The new one was is so disappointing it is just like any other shopping center that will never hold special memories like the old one.

  35. Windsor Button! The coolest store! Also the reindeer and beautiful lights at Christmas. And running up and down the ramps between the 2 levels.

  36. Putting coins into the McCrory’s machines to get currency from around the world and other great prizes inside little plastic shells.

    Picking up Coconut Ting-A-Lings at Fanny Farmer before a movie at the General Cinema.

    My one-day job at Lane Bryant. Selling was great…being asked to help clean the store at the end of the day with a vacuum featuring exposed wiring – a deal breaker.

    Tulips in the spring.

    Santa’s Reindeer in the winter. (and going to the grocery store upstairs to buy lettuce to feed them)

    Buying art supplies at the stationary store.

    House of Zodiac for an astrological reading.

    Blueberry muffins at Jordan Marsh.

  37. Here’s an email that we received from one of our e-blast recipients:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS EXHIBIT!!

    I remember when the shopping center opened.
    Grew up in Wellesley near Weston rd and rte 9
    And remember countless trips there, holidays,
    Movies always, and even buying my wedding suit there at Jordan’s.

    SO much nicer than what replaced it, though probably needing repair and too expensive to maintain.

    Now I do have the luxe section of the Natick Collection, which reminds me of a carpeted Denver airport. Good place to walk in the cold and extreme heat (a complete circuit both top and bottom is 2 miles)

    BUT

    I really miss the old center.. And so many memories.

    Remember the Christmas exhibit, with real reindeer?

    THANK YOU!!

    John Tracy
    Framingham

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