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    1. Bombay Royale, a new Indian restaurant, set to open in Northampton | masslive.com

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      Bombay Royale, a new Indian restaurant, set to open in Northampton | masslive.com

      Northampton may have lost a restaurant a few months back when Hinge closed, but on Tuesday a new one will open, albeit slightly off the downtown track.  Bombay Royale, a new Indian cuisine venue, will open at noon in the Roundhouse Plaza near the Peter Pan bus station. The eatery will sit in the same spot where the now-defunct SooRa, a Korean food restaurant, was. SooRa closed in 2014. Bombay Royale joins India House and India Palace as Indian food restaurants in downtown Northampton.  The restaurant will offer special lunch and weekend buffets (12 to 2:30 p.m. on ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    2. Photos, video: Langone family reopens Langone's Florist as Frank's Flowers in Springfield's South End | masslive.com

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      Photos, video: Langone family reopens Langone's Florist as Frank's Flowers in Springfield's South End | masslive.com

      The grand opening -- or reopening -- celebration at Frank's Flowers hadn't even begun Monday when owner Frank Langone said the phone had already been ringing with orders.  'We are hoping for a strong Valentine's Day,' Langone said. 'Because that will give us some momentum to carry us through to Mother's Day.'  Langone, his wife Irma, and their children reopened the family flower shop Monday with a new name, Frank's Flowers instead of Langone's.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Macy's to close department stores at Eastfield Mall, Enfield Square, Berkshire Mall | masslive.com

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      Macy's to close department stores at Eastfield Mall, Enfield Square, Berkshire Mall | masslive.com

      Macy's plans to close its store in the Eastfield Mall on Boston Road costing 71 employees their jobs as part of a national restructuring announced Wednesday. It is one of three stores that will be closing in the Pioneer Valley area.  A total of 36 Macy's stores are scheduled to close this year. Four others closed last year.  The department store chain will also close its Berkshire Mall store in Lanesborough which has 58 employees, its Enfield Square store which has 84 employees and Enfield Square furniture-home-men's store which has 20 employees in Connecticut.

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      Mentions:   Eastfield Mall

    4. Big Y to hire 25 for new Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores in Longmeadow, Hadley and Wilbraham | masslive.com

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      Big Y to hire 25 for new Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores in Longmeadow, Hadley and Wilbraham | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. announced Wednesday plans to hire 25 people to staff the three convenience stores and gas stations it purchased from Pittsfield-based O'Connell Oil Associates Inc.  Big Y announced the purchase earlier this week. the three new locations, each near a n existing Big y supermarket, represents the expansion of the Big Y Express brand .

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods

    5. Big Y buys O'Connell Shell locations in Hadley, Longmeadow and Wilbraham | masslive.com

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      Big Y buys O'Connell Shell locations in Hadley, Longmeadow and Wilbraham | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. is expanding its Big Y Express Gas and Convenience concept with the purchase of three O'Connell Convenience Plus gas stations.  O'Connell Convenience Plus are currently branded as Shell stations.  The three stations are:
      75 Russell St., Hadley
      711 Bliss Road, Longmeadow
      1993 Boston Road, Wilbraham

      Big Y said in a prepared statement Monday that it expects to begin operating these locations in late January and will convert them to their Big Y Express brand throughout the winter months.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods

    6. Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

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      Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

      Balise has been renovating and expanding in the area, most recently with a new Hyundai dealership on Columbus Avenue in Springfield, but with several new facilities over the past decade. Meanwhile, the Lia Auto Group has built and renovated new stores across the Pioneer Valley, as have TommyCar Auto Group in Hampshire and Franklin counties, Sarat Ford Lincoln in Agawam, Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, and Fathers & Sons in West Springfield, just to name a few.  “Part of it is the growth of the industry,” added Eric Forish, president of Forish Construction in Westfield, one of the region’s leading builders ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    7. Gary Rome Hyundai breaks ground on $10 million Holyoke dealership (photos)

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      Gary Rome Hyundai breaks ground on $10 million Holyoke dealership (photos)

      Calling it a "Long Journey," Gary Rome Auto Group President Gary Rome praised Holyoke city officials during a groundbreaking ceremony for his $10 million Hyundai dealership on Whiting Farms Road. Standing on a wind-swept parcel of 19 acres with heavy equipment operating in the distance, Rome talked about the 50 full-time and 20 part-time jobs the dealership will create.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    8. C&S Wholesale Grocers, which supplies Big Y, Stop & Shop and Target, to lay off 22 workers in Hatfield, Westfield

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      C&S Wholesale Grocers, which supplies Big Y, Stop & Shop and Target, to lay off 22 workers in Hatfield, Westfield

      C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. leadership has announced it will lay off 18 employees at its North Hatfield center and four in Westfield as part of a company restructuring tactic. The changes will impact employees across 32 locations, including about 30 employees at the company's headquarters in Keene, NH. C&S has more than 16,000 employees nationwide, with more than 700 at its two facilities in Hatfield and nearly 500 in Westfield, the company said. C&S is a major supplier to supermarket chains in the northeast, including Stop & Shop, Target Corporation and Giant. It was listed as ...

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    9. Holyoke's 'Ingleside Square' plan adds Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe, Fairfield Inn & Suites

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      Holyoke's 'Ingleside Square' plan adds Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe, Fairfield Inn & Suites

      New tenants Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott have signed onto the overhaul of the Holyoke Hotel site on Whiting Farms Road, Mayor Alex B. Morse said. "These tenants will be a great addition to the city of Holyoke and will complement the existing commercial and retail sites in the Ingleside commercial district," Morse said Thursday. The tenants join the previously announced Applebee's restaurant and a plan to build a second hotel at the 245 Whiting Farms Road site that will be called Ingleside Square, he said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Holyoke

    10. Pride CEO withdraws application for retail liquor license at unbuilt Hadley convenience store

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      Pride CEO withdraws application for retail liquor license at unbuilt Hadley convenience store

       Pride Stations and Stores CEO Robert L. Bolduc on Wednesday night withdrew an application for a beer and wine license for a yet-to-be-built Rt. 9 convenience store. Bolduc told MassLive/The Republican he might return at a later date to try again for the alcohol license, but might simply submit plans to the Planning Board for a smaller store. "We are considering our options," he said. Conceptual plans show a 7,400 square-foot gas station and store on a two-acre portion of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant site, a 5.3-acre triangular parcel near the juncture of Bay Road. Bolduc ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Robert Bolduc

    11. Faces in Northampton celebrates grand reopening, new cafe

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      Faces in Northampton celebrates grand reopening, new cafe

      The grand reopening featured a ribbon-cutting by Mayor David J. Narkewicz, stilt-walkers, face-painting, clowns and food. Tiffany and Camile Hannoush bought the store in May from Peter Vogel. The Hannoushes have kept most of the distributors Vogel bought his stock from, so there has been little change in the merchandise. The biggest change is that the former greeting card section is now a cafe featuring salads, sandwiches and coffees. It opened about three weeks ago, said cafe manager Jason Dinelle.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    12. New office retail space in Hadley should open in November

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      New office retail space in Hadley should open in November

      A new office-retail space is expected to be finished in November and owner Amir Mikhchi is talking with potential tenants. Construction on the 10,000 square-foot building at 1 Mill Valley Road began earlier this year. Mikhchi said he is pleased with how the project is going. He said there will be five units on the site just off of Route 9 and will be a mix of retail and offices but not restaurants. The size of each unit will depend on tenant needs.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    13. Balise celebrates grand opening of new Hyundai dealership

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      Balise celebrates grand opening of new Hyundai dealership

      Touching on the legacy of almost a century of commerce in Springfield, Balise Motor Sales held a grand opening of its new Hyundai dealership at 683 East Columbus Ave, in the heart of the city's South End neighborhood. The event featured food from popular South End establishments such as Frigo Gourmet Foods and La Fiorentina Pastry Shop. Owner Mike Balise welcomed visitors including elected city officials, business partners and customers. Also in attendance was David Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Balise Motor Sales

    14. Mountain Farms developer files plans for 2 new buildings in front of Hadley Mall | masslive.com

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      Mountain Farms developer files plans for 2 new buildings in front of Hadley Mall | masslive.com

      Mountain Farms Mall developers plan to build two new buildings near where the closed Burger King and Florence Bank buildings now sit and raze the vacant buildings.  The Planning Board has set a public hearing for site plan review for Oct. 20.  Developers filed plans for a 10,940 square-foot and a 10,420-square foot building that would be connected by a sidewalk, said Andrew Manning, project manager for the Chestnut Hill-based WS Development, which developed the mall.

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    15. Customers happy to see Atkins open in North Amherst

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      Customers happy to see Atkins open in North Amherst

      Market manager Matt O'Brien said "it's a work in progress," but the morning "was pretty smooth." And of course the world renown cider donuts were in demand. He said he brought some in at 6, another order was delivered at 8:30 and a third delivery came in at about 10. He said that was about 30 dozen gone. Peter Jessup lives nearby and came in for a salad. "We're thrilled about it," he said. He said he can walk over for a salad or coffee and not have to drive to Whole Foods. And he can ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    16. Best Buy to close Hampshire Mall and Berkshire Mall stores | masslive.com

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      Best Buy to close Hampshire Mall and Berkshire Mall stores | masslive.com

      Electronics and appliance retailer Best Buy will not renew its lease at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley.  The location will close at the end of business Oct. 31, Best Buy spokeswoman Carly Charlson said Monday. The location has 64 employees, 26 full-time and 38 part-time. All will have the ability to apply for jobs elsewhere in the chain. Those who are not hired elsewhere will get a severance package, she said.

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    17. Faces in Northampton to open cafe with lunch fare, coffee on store's top floor

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      Faces in Northampton to open cafe with lunch fare, coffee on store's top floor

      Jason Dinelle, a 42-year-old Ludlow resident who has work with dining services at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and managed Lattitude Restaurant in West Springfield, will lead the cafe. Dinelle said diners can expect straightforward, approachable food with plenty of options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free folks. Prices will be competitive but fair, he added. "I think it's going to be a great space for people to come sit and relax," Dinelle said of the cafe, which will seat 30 to 40 customers. Hannoush, who bought Faces from former owner Peter Vogel in May, said he's been ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    18. Developers hoping Atkins opening will lure more businesses to Mill District in North Amherst

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      Developers hoping Atkins opening will lure more businesses to Mill District in North Amherst

      Cinda Jones, the Mill District developer and president of W.D. Cowls, Inc., often talks about the history of the Cowls family and how it has evolved over that history. The family has been in agriculture since 1741. Wolahan said Jones wants her generation – she and her brother Evan Jones – to carry that forward and develop the former spaces to that arts destination

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    19. Atkins north to open soon, crews putting finishing touches on ahead of Sept. 12 grand opening | masslive.com

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      Atkins north to open soon, crews putting finishing touches on ahead of Sept. 12 grand opening | masslive.com

      Everyday, dozens pull into the parking lot of the new Atkins in North Amherst asking if the market is open.  Soon - but not yet.  The market grand opening is Sept. 12 but they could open sooner if they finish the final stages of work.  They were so intent on their mission, that Matt Lannon chose to keep sanding than stop for a picture. 'It's exciting that it's almost done,' he said, pausing briefly. Lannon is the son of Atkins president Pauline Lannon.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    20. Restaurateur Andy Yee & family purchase closed Route 9 Diner in Hadley with plans for updating, fall reopening | masslive.com

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      Restaurateur Andy Yee & family purchase closed Route 9 Diner in Hadley with plans for updating, fall reopening | masslive.com

      The Yees are part owners and managing partners of The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room in downtown Springfield, having joined Peter Pan Bus Lines president Peter Picknelly and others, in saving The Fort from closure last summer.  'Now we are taking a great American classic and just polishing it,' Yee said.
      'I like that new American comfort food. Who does not like Salisbury steak? 'Who doesn't like eggs Benedict?'

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines   Student Prince

    21. Aldi plans to open Pittsfield store Aug. 6 | masslive.com

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      Aldi plans to open Pittsfield store Aug. 6 | masslive.com

      Aldi, the German company that runs discount no-frills grocery stores in the United States, plans to open its new store at 898 Crane Avenue Aug. 6.  The chain also announced that it plans a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 .  Aldi said the Pittsfield store features natural lighting, high ceilings and environmentally friendly building materials. Aldi said customers can expect to find 1,300 commonly purchased items are sold under Aldi exclusive brands for up to 50 percent off.

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    22. Downtown Springfield's first women-owned business good fit for five decades

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      Downtown Springfield's first women-owned business good fit for five decades

      If the Clothes Tree at 311 Bridge St. were not still in business after five decades, a case could be made for it to become part of the the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

      According to owner Kal Perazzola, she and the late Marge Merigian were the first women to open a retail shop in busy downtown back in 1962. "We were pioneers," said Perazzola, adding Mayor Charles Ryan "came down and cut the ribbon." The date was Aug. 16, 1962, and the store was then a few doors away at 289 Bridge St. The store found its ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Eastfield Mall

    23. Rice Fruit Farm is back in a big way in Wilbraham, offering fresh produce and homemade baked goods | masslive.com

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      Rice Fruit Farm is back in a big way in Wilbraham, offering fresh produce and homemade baked goods | masslive.com

      When you walk into Rice Fruit Farm on Main Street, you'll find a charming and immaculate farm stand, engulfed in the aroma of fresh baked treats.  Rice's has been around since 1924, but this newly constructed building just opened in April after the farm's having been closed for six years.  Outside, you'll find beautiful hanging baskets of flowers and old-fashioned wooden signs displaying the farm stand name. Ever since Rice's reopened, it has been very well received by the community, maintaining its tradition as a special place for family and friends to go to relax ...

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    24. A.O. White in East Longmeadow to close; owners plan new, smaller clothing store

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      A.O. White in East Longmeadow to close; owners plan new, smaller clothing store

      A.O. White, a longtime staple of downtown Springfield retail, will close its remaining store in East Longmeadow by the end of July. But company president Lewis White said he plans to come back in mid-August with a new but smaller store under a different, as-yet undecided name. The new store will focus only on upscale sportswear, he said. Think brands like Eileen Fisher for women or Tommy Bahama for either gender.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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