Photographs October 2004: Courtesy of Phil Edwards
Leominster, Massachusetts -- 482 N Main Street

A popular location, the Leominster Howard Johnson's Restaurant had an excellent site on North Main Street near Rt 2 and the area's airport. Exceptionally long-lived, the location opened in 1955 and remained a HoJo's until the Company was dissolved in the middle 1980s. Although it was remodeled when it was converted into a Friendly's and lost its original HJ fixtures, the restaurant remained recognizable. The 50 plus year-old building sports a cupola and even a Dairy Bar--both in the style of Friendly's, reminding us of Howard Johnson's past!

Note the original "Tudor-esque" Super 8 Motel behind the former HoJo's-- those 1970's buildings are rapidly disappearing from the ranks of the Super 8s.