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    1. Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will have a store at the MGM Springfield casino, the Springfield-based chain and MGM announced today. "We are going to build, or we are in the process of building, a beautiful new store," Camile Hannoush said. "A new prototype, a whole new look. Springfield is our home." The Hannoush brothers -- Elias, Joseph, Anthony, Norman, Peter, George, Camile and Nabil -- got their start locally working for Kay Jewelers in the Eastfield Mall back in 1978. They opened their first store in Chicopee two years later.

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    2. Eastfield Mall: Sears closing clears way for redevelopment

      Eastfield Mall: Sears closing clears way for redevelopment

      The imminent end of Sears at the Eastfield Mall might signal a new beginning for the 44-acre property. Mall owner Mountain Developer, based in New Jersey, plans to buy the Sears buildings -- department store and auto center --  and its parking lot and will proceed with plans to redevelop the mall, said Nicole Sweeney, co-property manager for Eastfield Mall at 1655 Boston Road.

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    3. 'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      The Monarch Place Starbucks is part of a revamped pedestrian plaza facing Main Street and Boland Way. Paul Marcelina, general manager at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, said the restored fountain is back up and running and there is music playing at the outdoor seating area. "It's our oasis in the heart of downtown Springfield," he said.

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    4. Hardwick's Big Picture Beef co-op growing sales of meat from grass-fed livestock to Big Y, River Valley Co-op

      Hardwick's Big Picture Beef co-op growing sales of meat from grass-fed livestock to Big Y, River Valley Co-op

      Ridge Shinn, 69, grew up milking cows and formed an agricultural company that began selling beef a year ago. The operation has expanded to include sales to the 70-store Big Y supermarket chain, which touts itself as a local grocer with stores throughout New England. The Big Y weekly flier this week features Big Picture Beef's hamburg on sale at $5.99 per pound, and includes a photo of Shinn on the front page. He is the CEO and founder of Hardwick-based Big Picture Beef, a consortium of about 50 Northeast farmers that eschews the feed-lot techniques that rely ...

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    5. People in Business: Christian P. D'Amour heads Table & Vine Division

      People in Business: Christian P. D'Amour heads Table & Vine Division

      Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the appointmet of Christian P. D'Amour as senior manager of their Table & Vine division. Table & Vine is a destination for fine wine, local beer, craft spirits, gourmet foods and more and a subsidiary of Big Y. In His role, D'Amour will be responsible for this division's sales, marketing and operations. His responsibilities include the flagship location in West Springfield, as well as the 7 store locations within Massachusetts. Big Y World Class Markets and the beer category in all Connecticut stores.

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    6. New Skechers shoe and clothing store holds grand opening in West Springfield (photos, video)

      New Skechers shoe and clothing store holds grand opening in West Springfield (photos, video)

      The Skechers outlet store in the Century Center complex on Memorial Drive in West Springfield held its grand opening on Friday, a couple of weeks after opening its doors for business. The 219 Memorial Ave. location is the brand's first store in the greater Springfield area, with the next closest store being located at the Lee Premium Outlets in Berkshire County.

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    7. New Tower Square owners want more retail for downtown Springfield; seek brand outlets like Gap, Old Navy

      New Tower Square owners want more retail for downtown Springfield; seek brand outlets like Gap, Old Navy

      The new owners of Tower Square want to talk with outlet retailers about bringing brands like Gap and Old Navy to the mall portion of the downtown property they just bought. "MGM is filled with retail already. I think they are going to bring people and drive interest," said Dinesh Patel of East Longmeadow moments before announcing the purchase at a news conference. "I want to thank MGM for their investment. They made it the right time to buy."

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    8. Inaugural 'Markets at Eastfield' vendor fair in Springfield mall deemed a success

      Inaugural 'Markets at Eastfield' vendor fair in Springfield mall deemed a success

      The Markets at Eastfield, a vendor fair in the old Macy's at Eastfield Mall, drew thousands of visitors last weekend for its grand opening, according to the promoter who is organizing it as an ongoing event. Bill Bullock, owner of Bulldog Enterprises, said he expects even more people this weekend when he combines the market with one of his company's regular sports card and collectibles shows. The sports card show features former New York Mets pitching ace Dwight Gooden Saturday from 1:30-3 p.m., wrestler X-Pac Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and Rob Ninkovich, a retired Patriots ...

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    9. People in Business: Big Y appoints John W. Schnepp III to Marketing Vice President

      People in Business: Big Y appoints John W. Schnepp III to Marketing Vice President

      The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announces the appointment of John W. Schnepp III as vice president of marketing. In this role, Schnepp will continue to oversee all marketing and advertising for the company by coordinating all print, electronic, digital and social platforms as well as all internal and external communications across all of Big Y's brands including Big Y World Class Markets, Fresh Acres, Table & Vine and Big Y Express Gas and Convenience stores. In addition, he is newly responsible for the database marketing efforts which include data mining tactics, metrics, customer loyalty and personalized ...

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    10. New owner of Springfield's Tower Square Hotel revealed as sale is set to close

      New owner of Springfield's Tower Square Hotel revealed as sale is set to close

      Western Massachusetts businessman Dinesh Patel and his partners plan to close on their purchase of Tower Square Hotel on Thursday. Patel's attorney, Paul M. Maleck, confirmed Wednesday that the transaction is expected and said Patel and his partners' planned purchase of the adjacent Tower Square mall and office tower will follow in a few weeks.

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    11. West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      The Skechers outlet store in the Century Center on Memorial Drive in West Springfield opened last weekend, according to an email Thursday from landlords Century Investment Co. The 219 Memorial Ave. location is the brand's first store in Greater Springfield. It is planning a grand opening April 27. Plaza owner Andrew Cohen said the store has about 35 employees. The Skecher's location previously was a Party City and had recently hosted a seasonal Spirit Halloween store.  There is another Skechers at the Lee Premium Outlets in Berkshire County.

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    12. Batteries Plus Bulbs set to open in Springfield

      Batteries Plus Bulbs set to open in Springfield

      Batteries Plus Bulbs is in a retail strip center developed by Colvest. It's next to the Aldi discount supermarket at the corner of Boston and Pasco roads and adjacent to the Colvest building that houses MedExpress Urgent Care at 1312 Boston Road.  A Moe's Southwestern Grill will open at the retail center in April, said Frank Colaccino, CEO of Colvest, which has its headquarters in Springfield. There is a Sprint phone store in the shopping plaza, and Colaccino said there is more space available.

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    13. Work begins on expansion of Longmeadow Big Y supermarket

      Work begins on expansion of Longmeadow Big Y supermarket

      Contractors have started work in the former bagel shop, hardware store and barbershop adjacent to the Big Y supermarket at 802 Williams St. in this suburb's main shopping district. Work on converting that space into supermarket retail area will begin in earnest within weeks with completion expected within a few months, said Mathieu D'Amour, Big Y's vice president of real estate and development. The Springfield-based supermarket chain is in the midst of getting final approval for the project from the town, he said. Town Manger Stephen J. Crane said Tuesday that Longmeadow officials will meet this week ...

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    14. Local investors interested in buying Tower Square Hotel, state documents say

      Local investors interested in buying Tower Square Hotel, state documents say

      MassMutual told state officials that there is local investor interest in buying the Tower Square Hotel. That's according to state documents released to The Republican through a public records request. They include pages of handwritten notes by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash as he spoke repeatedly with MassMutual about a deal to have the insurance giant consolidate in Massachusetts.

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    15. Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Michael J. "Mick" Kittredge III, founder, president and CEO of Kringle Candle can look at hundreds of candles neatly lining the shelves in one of his retail store's display areas and pick out the one that has a slightly - ever-so slightly - wrinkled label. "It's all about the details," he says as he removes it from the display. It's that attention to detail that has helped Kittredge grow the business beyond his plans and expectations. What was supposed to be a small business with six or seven employees has taken off with nearly 150 employees now.

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    16. Skechers footwear store coming to West Springfield's Century Center

      Skechers footwear store coming to West Springfield's Century Center

      Skechers, the California-based global footwear company, is opening a 10,000-square-foot store at Century Center, the 285,000-square-foot shopping complex on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield.  The store is set to open in March, according to Andrew M. Cohen, owner of Century Center, the region's first strip mall. "We are excited to have the No. 2 shoe brand in the world join the center," he said in a statement Thursday. Cohen said Skechers will be a "great addition" to Century Center, located just over the Memorial Bridge from Springfield.

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    17. Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      In the fall of 2013, Cinda Jones launched a petition drive to lure Atkins to the Mill District she was developing in North Amherst. Two years later, Atkins North opened. Now the president of WD Cowls, Inc. is hoping to lure Tandem Bagel to the space occupied by Bread & Butter, which will be closing soon.  "Maybe if we give them enough LOVE they'll consider coming to The Mill District! Let them hear the love!!!," Jones posted on the Mill District Facebook page, along with a link to Tandem's menu. In an email, Jones wrote, "they inquired about the ...

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    18. Holyoke Mall focused on restaurant, entertainment options, has no immediate replacement for Babies 'R' Us

      Holyoke Mall focused on restaurant, entertainment options, has no immediate replacement for Babies 'R' Us

      "Holyoke Mall is focused on adding more restaurant and entertainment options to its mix similar to the Sumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar that just opened here," spokeswoman Lisa Wray wrote in an email responding to questions about Babies 'R' Us. "We hope to make several more leasing announcements in the coming months when they are finalized."

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    19. Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      This round of shutdowns once again spares Sears stores in the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside as well as Kmart locations on Route 5 in Holyoke and on Wilbraham Street (Route 20) in Palmer. Sears already announced in November its plans to shut down the Sears store in the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough later this month. Sears isn't saying how many people will lose jobs in the closures. But workers will have the ability to apply for jobs at other Sears and Kmart locations.

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    20. Five Guys Burgers lands approval to open new restaurant in East Longmeadow's Center Square shopping complex

      Five Guys Burgers lands approval to open new restaurant in East Longmeadow's Center Square shopping complex

      Diners might have a new place in town to grab a burger, after town officials approved a plan to put a Five Guys in Center Square. The Planning Board this week approved a special permit allowing East Longmeadow Center Village, LLP, which owns several buildings in the plaza, to convert part of Mattress Firm on 40 Center Sq. into a branch of the popular burgers and fries chain. Under the approved plan, about 2,450 square feet of Mattress Firm would be reallocated to Five Guys, Rob Levesque of civil engineering firm R. Levesque Associates Inc. told the Planning Board ...

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    21. Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Jennifer Cruz, of Springfield, says she was always the woman who brought the baked treats in to her office. Now, baking is her business, and business is so good she has opened the Springfield Macarons store in the Eastfield Mall after about a year of selling the French meringue cookies at farmers markets in and around Springfield. Why macarons? "I was looking for that one thing that you can't find in Springfield," she said of the pastel-colored treats available in a variety of flavors. "You can't find them for miles. These things don't stop selling. So it ...

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    22. Big Y plans to open $5 million Derby, Conn., store in 2019

      Big Y plans to open $5 million Derby, Conn., store in 2019

      Big Y Foods Inc. plans to open a 60,000-square-foot supermarket in Derby, Connecticut, sometime in 2019, according to a news release issued Thursday. The new store, the Springfield-based chain's eighth in New Haven County, represents a $5 million investment and will be part of a 177,000-square-foot shopping center being redeveloped at 656 New Haven Ave. The new location is 60 miles from Springfield, a 90-minute drive. The new Big Y means 150 full- and part-time jobs, according to a news release.

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    23. Seen@ Mercedes-Benz of Springfield's grand opening reception

      Seen@ Mercedes-Benz of Springfield's grand opening reception

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has only been open since October and already its service department is busy enough to schedule appointments out into the following week. "I think we are pleasantly surprised in the level of demand in sales and service," said Michelle Wirth, one of the dealership's owners. "We are definitely outperforming our expectations which is a pleasant surprise."

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    24. 2017 Downtown Springfield Holiday Market features local goods, unique creations (photos,...

      2017 Downtown Springfield Holiday Market features local goods, unique creations (photos,...

      The ribbon has been cut, the merchandise is stocked, and the 2017 Downtown Springfield Holiday Market is open for business. Located in The Shops at Marketplace, 1341 Main Street, the Holiday Market features gift ideas from more than 50 vendors. This is the third year for the event and there will be some new, fun things aimed at drawing shoppers downtown.

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