Is Mr. Charlie's Moving?

What's going on with the North Woburn business?


Anyone driving through North Woburn has probably noticed that the strip mall at 880 Main Street has a new look to it.

had already leaving its old location vacant. Well, that storefront was painted with blue and white stripes. Just like across the street.

Woburn Patch visited Mr. Charlie's on Monday and learned that the ice cream parlor is meeting with city officials about moving across the street. The petition will be before the City Council soon.

Robert McSheffrey is the owner of the 880 Main St. plaza, which is valued at $1.2 million, and was built in 1984, according to City Hall's Assessors' records.

Mr. Charlie's is operated by Kelly McSheffrey, who spoke with Woburn Patch in . At the time, Kelly said that Mr. Charlie's is named after one of her uncles.


Gina Leto August 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Did they tell you about the big CVS drive through they want to put there...you should check that out and report on it..not all of the North Woburn is thrilled about it!!!!
Jean August 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I can't believe the City has allowed any business to paint the building this horrendous color. It looks so cheap. The City needs to step up and control what buildings look like in community.
Maria August 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I live in walking distance and was thrilled way back, when I heard that Mr Charlie's was planning to move across the way to where Dunkin Donuts had been all these years (as Dunks was moving to the other end of this same plaza creating a drive thru (yay). And that a CVS would be moving to where Mr Charlie's was located (again yay) ... so far it's all good in my book. - time will tell though (will see)
Jodi August 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I heard what Jeana heard a CVS is going in where Mr. Charlies is. It would be nice to have the convience of a CVS there BUT what a mess of traffic it would cause more to N. Woburn. Especially to School Street Residents, its not fair to them. I thought Mr. Charlies right where it is , is great. School Street has enough traffic as it is!!
Deb Parlee August 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM
What are they going to do to increase parking? Several spaces were lost with the drive thru. Spaces on the side of the old Dunks and facing the Mobil. Nobody wants to park out back nor would I want to walk to the front, no safe pedestrian way. Could lead to more parking at St Anthonys and more pedestrians on Main St, hazardous at any time without all the continuous construction. CVS? Well, you know there will need to be a Walgreens right across the street, where will they put that? Hopefully the current color is just a primer.
Shannon Bettencourt August 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM
That parkinglot is awful small I hope it won't hurt his business he has we love Mr Charlies icecream !
Dianne Autenzio August 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Mr Charlies moving is not a big issue but CVS is not needed in North Woburn, we have way too much traffic now. The condos spreading from the beginning of N Woburn to the Wilmington line where the new quarry will be run before building more condos is way too much traffic for the N Woburn residents and the roads to handle. Rte 38 will like a miniature Rte 28 in Stoneham only we only have 1 lane for each side. Where are all these people going to come from to live in these 40B developments certainly not from our own City Residents have to start attending meetings to speak up against all this unwanted development. We are the taxpayers, voters who elect the officials who vote on these things it is our health, safety and rights that are going to be effected and not just for a short period of time. Please attend the next meeting at City Hall on Tuesday September 11th at 7PM regarding the Ledges before its too late. Write letters to the papers and your resprentatives. Bring a neighbor we need to work with our Alderman and let City Officials them know we do not want or need this in North Woburn, we need to stop this quarry and destruction of our lives known as the Ledges. Let the builder develop this in their own Community and disrupt their lives for 2 years of blasting and over 60 heavy trucks per day for the quarry processing. How can this quarry run for 2yr in a R2 zone it certainly is not zoned for this and doesnt belong here.
Susan Keeley August 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Mr. Charlie's current location is much more accessible to children playing at the park or the pool. It's a shame they're relocating across the North Main Street Speedway. It's like asking for a tragedy.
Aaron B August 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I agree that it would be a big scoop for Woburn Patch to get us some real information about the possibility of a CVS in north Woburn. I've read random tidbits about it but never seen anything official. I live about a quarter-mile from the location and, while not opposed to all progress and development, am far from convinced that it's a good fit for the area.
Aaron B August 29, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Based on your comment, Dianne, and Susan's... If the quarry plan (housing development, whatever they want to call it) ends up passing, the developer should be required to supply crossing guards for the Altavista school area and the park / DD plaza stretch, during mornings, afternoons, and evenings any time trucks are rolling.
Danielle Masterson (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I'm working on getting official word on the CVS proposal, so far, I've only heard rumors (like all of you!) Don't worry... We are looking for the big scoop. (Yes, pun intended!) :)
Patrick H August 29, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Great idea Jean! This is just what we need! Let's hire a "Painting Inspector" so when it comes time to paint the house you must go down to city hall and apply for a painting permit ($50.00 per can) the inspector will then review your color selection and decide weather or not to issue a permit. If approved your paint job will be subject to a final walk through, gotta check for holidays!
mark patterson August 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
There is a CVS at the Woburn Mall and another downtown.Mr.Charlies looks way too small to accomodate a CVS.As for the ice cream shop relocating to 880 Main St I would think a pedestrian crossing light would work.Traffic is usually backed up southbound in the morning and northbound in the afternoon anyway.A pedestrian crossing would also make it easier for the elderly,or anyone for that matter, who may walk to St.Anthony's from the Elm St. side of Main St. Mitigation money could take care of that.
mark patterson August 29, 2012 at 07:03 PM
@Jodi: If Rep.Miceli from Wilmington and our Reps.in Woburn tried to push the state for funding to rebuild the New Boston St.bridge then traffic from Merrimac St.could be rerouted to Presidential Way to the interchange at Commerce & the onramps at exit 37C by Target. That bridge has been out of service since May 1978. Time for the legislature to stop dragging their feet.Plus,it would decrease the response time for emergency apparatus to Anderson Transportation Center and Presidential Way.
shawn w August 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
That building looks terrible. Yes, the city does have a say on what color or what size banners, etc.. you put on your business. Who does own that building? Oh yeah, I forgot. Nepotisim at it's best.
Aaron B August 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
If the New Boston St bridge ever gets improved, it will take several years to build. So that won't be any help during the great quarry truck rollathon. It may help Main St traffic in the long run, but could make the Elm-Main-School intersection even more hellish than it already is. A CVS nera that intersection certainly would cause that.
mark patterson August 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
@Aaron B: I beg to differ.The New Boston St bridge should have been repaired 30 years ago but foot-dragging in the legislature by none other than Rep.Miceli was the cause for the project to become forgotten.He didn't want HIS constituents inconvenienced by Woburn traffic going up Woburn St.in Wilmington.However,when the Butters Row bridge and Lake St. bridge in Wilmington were wrecked by a freight train Rep.Miceli made sure that a Bailey bridge was in place in a matter of weeks until a permanent new bridge was put in place.Where there's a will,there's a way.Rep.Miceli got things done then and probably has enough sway now to get it done.He's been a stalwart for the people of Wilmington for over 30 years.
Jennifer T. August 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
As a Linscott-Rumford parent, having a CVS that close to the school and all the EXTRA traffic will be a safety issue for the children during morning drop off and afternoon pickup...there is already NO PARKING for parents to drop or pick up their children?? Imagine the added traffic a CVS at the end of Main will bring past the school? Please let us know when they have to VOTE for a CVS and for that fact whatever building/quarry they are building near St. Anthony's...Parents of the Linscott need to know!
Jennifer T. August 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Correction to the post "Image the added traffic a CVS at the end of Elm will bring past the school"..OH and one more thing...AGREED THAT COLOR IS UGLY for the new Mr. Charlie's!!!
Gina Leto August 30, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I attended a meeting at the Thompson Library a few weeks ago. They made it sound like this CVS will happen. We saw the plans. It will be open until midnight and have a drive through. The land where several houses and the transmission business and Mr Charlies will all be sold and torn down to accommodate the parking and drive through. Only the glass business is staying. We were told they won't sell to the developer. And yes the building looks like a clown house..it looks horrible.
Earnhardt September 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Thanks to Mike Raymond for NOT TAKING A STAND AGAINST St. Anthonys and the Dunkin Drive Through! all he cared about was sandwiches, Now we will get this shoved at us. Is it nice and Warm in Mcsheffreys back pocket Mike?
Karen September 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
O, I think the color is fab. We need something to brighten up North Woburn. The residence are glooooomy!
Karen September 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I have been a resident of North Woburn for 47 years. Mr. Charlies is the best thing this side of town has ever seen. I think Mr. Charliie's new location will be perfect! Colors are cheerful. Reminds me of the old ice cream parlors. Does it matter which side of the street it's on? If you have children that are playing at the park or pool, hopefully your watching them and can cross them on the cross walk or teach them how to do it. I love Mr. Charlies. My kids love Mr. Charlies. It's so much fun to run into people you know when you head there. Let's remember that before Mr. Charlies was there, an empty building stood there and offered nothing. I give great praise to Mr. M for coming up with the idea of a "family" place to go. Relax people, life is short.
Susan Keeley September 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I love Mr. Charlie's too, Karen, Have you ever been around children? Do you know they're impulsive and excitable and, even with teaching or close observation, can still dart into streets faster than you can catch them or a driver can slam on his or her brakes? You're right, life is short. So short that it would be a horrific tragedy for a child's life to be shortened from crossing a State Highway for ice cream. That is an extremely busy road and people drive dangerously, as I've experienced personally while simply trying to turn left across the southbound lane into that parking lot to get a coffee from Dunkin's. It's a no-brainer that ice cream shops attract children as do playgrounds and swimming pools. Does it matter what side of the street it's on, you ask? Gosh, no more than any other traffic or public safetly issue. Does it matter if we have crossing guards near schools? As for the empty building, there was a wonderful business called Peck's To Go in that space prior to Mr. Charlie. It disappeared too quickly.
Earnhardt September 23, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I agree. why move the ice cream stand form the same side of the street as the park/ pool to across busy route 38? it makes no sense. Kids will be kids and in the excitement of getting an ice cream, will run out into traffic at some point. This whole thing is ridiculous! The traffic is a nightmare, CVS will add to the mess and congestion. And on top of that. the convenient plaza is really not a place you want to be taking kids for ice cream, Ever see the folks that hang out there?
Lauren Nole June 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM
People saying the CVS is not needed in N. Woburn... are you kidding me?! It's just the opposite.. BADLY needed! Who wants to drive all the way to Woburn Mall, fighting their way through all that congestion to go into that God awful, tiny, gross CVS? Might as well go to Target if you've gone that far already. Yes, the traffic is a royal pain in the a**, but in the long run it will be awesome to FINALLY have the convenience and a pharmacy right there.


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