Design shelving firm takes over Shakour site on Route 9


Design shelving firm takes over Shakour site on Route 9
The former Shakour on Route 9 has become the latest location for Rakks, an architectural shelving and design firm. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – The building that once housed Shakour on Route 9 next to Lowe’s is making way for the newest location of Rakks, an architectural shelving and design firm.

Founded in 1971 by Keivan Towfigh, the company recently moved from Needham into the old Shakour site in 2021.

“My father was a proud WPI alum, and we are so excited to now be in Westborough, in such a lively community,” said Leili Towfigh, Keivan’s daughter.

Leili added, “We source and manufacture everything locally. Our work is in places such as the Museum of Modern Art Design Store, the Guggenheim, Harvard, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., the University of Chicago, MIT, restaurants, shops, many Massachusetts and other U.S. hospitals, and beyond.”

The site is currently under renovations, with the work on the back of the buildings – the production and warehouse facility –  in full swing.

“With the help of two other well-established Massachusetts companies, Daniel O’Connell’s Sons contractors and Anmahian-Winton Architects, we will soon complete the renovation of the building. It will be powered by solar and includes other eco-minded, sustainable elements,” said Leili.

The front of the building – the public-facing offices and showroom – are scheduled to open early in 2023.

To see what Rakks has to offer, visit


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