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The future Shaw’s plaza, c. 1990. Standing under Filenes’ Basement awning.


Filene's Basement Burlington MA

Simonds Park play structures 1990s
Simonds Park play structures early 1990s
Brigham's, Burlington Mall
Brigham’s, Burlington Mall. Photo credit: Ropes Can
Red Sox store in the Burlington Mall
Red Sox store in the Burlington Mall c. 1990. Photo credit: Ropes Can
No more mall fountains -- or Sears
No more mall fountains — or Sears. Photo credit: Ropes Can
Caldor Mall Burlington MA
Caldor Mall on Middlesex Turnpike before it was de-malled. Now it’s Middlesex Commons, a plaza with no connecting hall

Third Ave. area before it turned into a shopping destination.


King’s planned to use this existing avant-garde office building on Second Ave., but a construction fire forced a mulligan.



1999 panorama taken atop the Blanchard Road water tower. Photo credit: Steven DiPerna.

1999 panorama from Blanchard Rd. water tower, Burlington MA


The District before it was the District



Office Dennis Thompson Burlington MA
Officer Dennis Thompson holds two suspects to the ground on the median strip of Route 128 at exit 42 after they allegedly carjacked an elderly man’s minivan on Winn St. A woman and baby were with the suspects (off camera). Aug. 7, 1996 Boston Herald.


Memorial Elementary School in 2011, just before demolition:


Memorial School exterior, Burlington MARoom 109 Memorial School, Burlington MAMemorial School cafeteria, Burlington MA


Burlington Heights property on Cambridge Street, across from Skilton Lane. Photo credit: George Moore.

Burlington Heights, Burlington MA


Winn Street houses razed for condos at 260-262 Winn St. (adjacent to Shaw’s plaza) January 2010:



The Building 19 1/2 complex is out. The Shoppes at Simonds Park are in.


This little plaza probably packed more smiles-per-square-foot than any other in Burlington. It had Rexall Drug from the 1950s to 1980, a Captain Pizza through 2007 and an Orange Leaf yogurt shop briefly.



Shoppes at Simonds Park excavation:



Roche Bros. becoming Target:



Macaroni Grill, Middlesex Turnpike (closed)
Macaroni Grill, Middlesex Turnpike (demolished in 2018)
Chili's, Middlesex Turnpike (folded in 2018)
Chili’s, Middlesex Turnpike (folded in 2018)


Skilton Lane at Cambridge St. Burlington MA
Skilton Lane at Cambridge Street, before CVS moved to that corner and the town leveled the dip and added traffic lights. Photo credit: Ropes Can
Fish House restaurant, Burlington MA around 1990. Photo credit: Ropes Can
Fish House c. 1990



Service Merchandise receipt Burlington MA
Service Merchandise receipt Burlington MA. Story about Value House and Service Merchandise here.
Hot rod, cute child -- and the Fish House! Burlington MA
Hot rod, cute child — and the Fish House!. Photo credit: Ropes Can
Woodward's store, Burlington MA
Woodward’s store, now a Dunkin’ Donuts, Middlesex Turnpike at Wheeler Road. Photo credit: Ropes Can

House move in 2007


Fish House c. 1990
Plaza c 1990
Royal Hawaiian c. 1990
Wegmans under construction, Burlington MA
Wegman’s under construction. Head not attached yet.


Tower Records, Burlington Mall Road at Middlesex Turnpike, early 1990s.

Cheescake Factory opening team 2005 Burlington MA

4 thoughts on “1990–now Leave a comment

  1. I know progress has to come, but it’s sad to see the old Rexall building gone. Captain Pizza was one of our sub places we went in HS. Good old BUSA liquors! Oh, those memories! lol

  2. I’m searching for Rule Industries in Burlington, mass…1990…it was in a circular building off the highway. I worked there in that year and I’m doing a search.

  3. Hi Stuart,

    Rule Industries
    70 Blanchard Road
    Burlington, MA 01803
    I worked at Rule from the time they moved there from Gloucester, MA to Burlington MA. I was the last Rule employee during the takeover/shut down of the property. Send me a reply if still interested in info.
    MM 9/17/2023.

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