Former Christmas Tree Shops location may become trampoline park

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Former Christmas Tree Shops location may become trampoline park
A trampoline park has filed permit requests to come to Olde Shrewsbury Village, which is the former home of the Christmas Tree Shops. (Photo/Tami White)

SHREWSBURY – Olde Shrewsbury Village may soon include a new business.

During the April 23 Select Board meeting, Town Manager Kevin Mizikar announced that developers had filed permit requests to construct a trampoline park in the Olde Shrewsbury Village plaza, which is the former home of the Christmas Tree Shops. If the permit is approved, 40,000 square feet of the plaza’s former appliance store would be converted into the trampoline-related business.

“A good entertainment venue coming to town there. We’re all interested in seeing that plaza getting developed and getting back to commercial use. So that’s good news there that it’s such a quick turnaround,” Mizikar said.

The nine-acre Olde Shrewsbury Village plaza, located at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 20, was sold in March to 1000 Boston Turnpike LLC, which is managed by Zi Qian Zhang. Zhang’s company, Fall River-based JZ Real Estate, owns nearly 20 trampoline parks along the East Coast. 

Prior to Zhang purchasing Olde Shrewsbury Village, the Christmas Tree Shops operated on the lot for over 35 years, officially closing on Aug. 12. The Shrewsbury location was one of the last remaining operating Christmas Tree Shops locations; the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2023.

Shrewsbury is currently considering the Christmas Tree Shops location – and surrounding areas along the Route 20 corridor – for its MBTA zoning proposal. The plaza has repeatedly been identified in Select Board and Planning Board meetings as an area in need of  improvement.

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