Vision for Vacancy on Washington and Swanton Street

There's a building on Washington and Swanton Street that has been boarded up for a long time now.

Perhaps you, dear reader, can answer a few questions:

What was here?
What happened to the business?
What would you like to see go in here?

Use the comments section to weigh in on any of these questions.
Alan Ruben January 09, 2014 at 08:51 AM
This isn't really a mystery, or were we just looking to poke the fire and get the discussion going again? http://winchester.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/board-of-appeals-approve-cvs-site-plan
George Nowell January 09, 2014 at 01:10 PM
The businesses that I remember being at that location include A cleaners, tailors, a market (Bennie's???) an ice cream shop (Barry Hills???), a dougnut shop (Rich's), a toy store (kimballs???), several variety/convenience stores, several laundrymats, several hair salons, another ice cream store (Bellino's), a nails salon (Tammies???), a dentist office, a photo store, a bank, and a drug store - complete with soda fountain (Purtell's; later O'Neil's; later ???). Have I left some out?
Birgitta Horn January 09, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Don't you know that CVS will be moving its downtown store to this boarded up building!!!!!
BAV January 12, 2014 at 03:00 PM
With the town going out of its way to make parking inconvenient in the downtown by shortening parking times and future plans to add meters and permit-only everywhere conceivable, I don't blame any business for wanting to flee while they can.
swimmom January 12, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Apex photo is the best! I have been going there for the better part of 13 years. I was sad to see them leave their Washington st location but the new location in Woburn is much bigger! I'm happy their business continues to do well!


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