The convenience store formerly known as Honey Farms has reopened after a two-day closure while the business transferred to new ownership. The 61 S. Main St. standby is now known as Family Farms. We spoke to the new owner who said his family owns many similar stores in Metrowest. “We are a family-run business and we will be here as a place for the neighborhood to get coffee and other things they need.”
The new owner, who preferred not to be named, said he will keep the doors of Family Farms open as he gradually makes improvements to the store.
Honey Farms convenience store at 61 S. Main St., Natick is closed until further notice, according to signs on the door. The long-time neighborhood spot is transitioning to a new owner.
This leaves Natick Center with its second shuttered convenience store over the past 16 months. 7-11 (next door to Shanghai Tokyo) closed back in fall 2021. Signage at the 54-58 East Central Street spot suggested that Mile 10 Market would be replacing 7-11, but its been well over a year and brown paper continues to cover the front windows. We heard rumblings about permitting issues and contacted the owner last month, but haven’t heard back.
Toward the Wayland end of rt. 27, C Store in the strip mall near Dairy Queen closed last year. In its place will be Fannon’s package store, which got the got the Select Board’s approval last fall to change its doing-business-as name and move about a mile down the road from 212 to 319 North Main St. The business has sold off its Austin’s chain, which is why it will go with the Fannon’s name instead.
So where can one pick up life’s last-minute necessities in Natick these days, without the inconvenience of venturing onto route 9?
The 7-11 located at 172 N. Main St. is going strong with a change in ownership last summer that included a change in business hours to 24/7. J & D at 179 W. Central Street is the anchor tenant at that shopping area of about eight businesses. Daily Mart at 2 Mill Street, near Liberty’s Pizza, rounds out the convenience store offerings.
And most local gas stations are ready with a refrigerated case of soft drinks and a display of your junk food of choice, be that sweet or crunchy.