A beloved Lowell institution has come to an end. After 52 years, Ball’s Softee Creme has closed its doors – not just for the winter season, but permanently.
The ice cream store is located on a double lot at 503 and 513 E. Main Street and has been a local landmark and a favorite gathering place for two generations. The property has been put up for sale and is listed at $375,000.
Last week, Fritz Ball, who is the listing agent for the property, posted on his Facebook account the following:
“The Ball family would like to thank everyone who has supported “Balls” throughout the years. We are very grateful for every last one of you!
Balls Softee Creme is officially closing its doors.
We know many of you will be sad.
My family is very proud to have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into this place and served the Lowell community for 52 years!
This was not an easy decision for the Ball Family to make.”
Mr. Ball was not available to comment further.
Harold and Rose Ball opened the ice cream shop on Memorial Day in 1971 with some ice cream, cups, spoons, and napkins. Eventually additional ice cream flavors, the introduction of toppings, and a much wider selection of food, including a locally-famous chili, increased business.
Today, the Ball property sits on two lots that includes an outdoor dining garden area and a 1,392 square foot building.