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    1. 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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    2. 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

    3. 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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    4. 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

    5. Work on new Advance Auto Parts begins behind Hadley Corner Shops, Route 9 Hadley

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      Work on new Advance Auto Parts begins behind Hadley Corner Shops, Route 9 Hadley

      Developer Eugene Crowley of Natick said the new store could open by the end of the year. The Planning Board approved plans for the 6,900-square- foot store in April. Crowley developed Hadley Corner, which includes Starbuck's, Sprint, Aspen Dental, Hot Table Panini, Pizza Studio and the Men's Wearhouse, which opened this spring. There is one available business for rent. Crowley in an email said they are being selective with the final tenant as the plaza is doing well. The Roanoke Advance Auto Parts has stores in Springfield, Easthampton, Ware, West Springfield, Westfield and Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

    6. Stop & Shop, Hannaford owners announce merger | masslive.com

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      Stop & Shop, Hannaford owners announce merger | masslive.com

      The $60.6 billion deal would mean that the Stop & Shop chain active in the Pioneer Valley would have the same owner as Hannaford Bros., which is based in Maine. The nearest Hannaford stores to Western Massachusetts are in Athol, Gardner and North Brookfield.  In an announcement, the companies say they will have a combined base of more than 6,500 stores characterized by trusted brands with strong local identities, and a shared focus on customers and communities.

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    7. Holyoke Council grants zone change for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai project

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      Holyoke Council grants zone change for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai project

      Rome's allusion was to the multinight public hearing process that began March 31 and Tuesday's debate in which councilors debated motions to table and reconsider a competing zone-change bid filed by residents who said an auto dealership would be intrusive to the neighborhood. Ultimately, councilors sided with the pitch Rome has been making. His project will provide 50 new full-time jobs, some part-time jobs, thousands of dollars a years in property tax revenue and an increase in employee payroll to more than $7 million from the current $4.6 million, he said.

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    8. Holyoke Council OK sought for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai dealership | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Council OK sought for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai dealership | masslive.com

      The City Council Ordinance Committee voted 4-0 to recommend that the full City Council on May 19 approve a zone change Rome needs to build a $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai dealership on Whiting Farms Road.  'I'm very pleased with the support we've received from the city,' Rome said, in the hallway outside City Council Chambers.

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    9. Greenfield car dealership building torn down; new Toyota facility on tap: video, photos

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      Greenfield car dealership building torn down; new Toyota facility on tap: video, photos

      An mid-20th-century car dealership building at 1 Main St. is no more. Crumpled sections of the old Toyota-Ford of Greenfield building could be seen traveling through the air Thursday, hoisted by a giant crane, as workers labored to demolish the outdated showroom. "The manufacturers want the dealerships to have more modern facilities," said sales manager Craig Bodenstein. "We'll start building the new showroom as soon as the old one is cleared away."

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    10. Expert Fitness, Extra Innings and Shortstop Bar & Grill transform old Westfield car dealership into business hub

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      Expert Fitness, Extra Innings and Shortstop Bar & Grill transform old Westfield car dealership into business hub

      What once sat as a vacant eyesore on heavily traveled Route 20 is now a bustling hub of activity for all ages with the successful merging of four established businesses beneath one roof. Last month, Expert Fitness Health Club, formerly located in Little River Plaza at the intersection of Route 20 and Little River Road, joined the Cage, a boot camp-style workout area, Extra Innings batting cages and Shortstop Bar and Grill at the former Balise Ford property between Westfield Home and Garden and Walmart. The enterprise is the culmination of a vision seen by entrepreneur Nabil Hannoush and his ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    11. Springfield City Council approves demolition of JC Penney at Eastfield Mall

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      Springfield City Council approves demolition of JC Penney at Eastfield Mall

      Melinda Graulau, general manager of the Eastfield Mall, said demolition is anticipated to occur this summer, to be followed by construction of an enhanced temporary entrance to that area of the mall pending construction of a new building that fits the needs of a future tenant.  The building, constructed in 1966 initially as a Forbes & Wallace, has been vacant nearly four years. While there has been some interest, efforts to find a tenant have been unsuccessful due to the condition of the building, Graulau said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Eastfield Mall

    12. Holyoke sets hearing on Gary Rome Hyundai plan for Whiting Farms Road

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      Holyoke sets hearing on Gary Rome Hyundai plan for Whiting Farms Road

      In the latest zoning battle here, a public hearing will be held Tuesday (March 31) on a bid from Gary Rome Hyundai to build a dealership on Whiting Farms Road. The City Council Ordinance Committee and the Planning Board are holding the hearing at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The company has a deal to buy the vacant 18.7-acre site -- previously eyed by Walmart and Lowe's Home Improvement -- from the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE) for $2,050,000.

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    13. Holyoke's Marcotte Ford would get tax incentives for $5 million in expansions under recommendation

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      Holyoke's Marcotte Ford would get tax incentives for $5 million in expansions under recommendation

      Marcotte Ford would receive tax incentives for two expansions worth nearly $5 million under a plan a City Council committee voted to recommend Monday (Feb. 23). The incentive known as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) would give the Main Street business five years of decreasing exemptions on the value of only the new properties being built, not the existing Marcotte Ford headquarters at 1025 Main St.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    14. RadioShack to close stores at Holyoke and Hampshire Malls, and Springfield Cooley Street location | masslive

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      RadioShack to close stores at Holyoke and Hampshire Malls, and Springfield Cooley Street location | masslive

      RadioShack plans to close stores in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, the Hampshire Mall in Hadley and on Cooley Street in Springfield by the end of March, according to documents in its federal bankruptcy case.  The documents do not list other area RadioShack locations, including those in Westfield, West Springfield, Enfield, and Northampton.  Stores in Westfield and West Springfield were open Monday.  Cell phone service provider Sprint plans to buy as many as 1,700 of the 2,400 RadioShack locations. The remaining locations will close.  On Friday, the franchise holder and owner of RadioShack stores in Greenfield and Brattlboro ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Northampton

    15. For partner in planned vegan restaurant at former Seven Sisters Bistro site, restaurant success runs in the family

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      For partner in planned vegan restaurant at former Seven Sisters Bistro site, restaurant success runs in the family

      When Keith Rehbein and his business partner Ted Crooker bought the former Seven Sisters Bistro at auction Wednesday, Rehbein said neither he nor Crooker has previously operated a restaurant. While technically true, Crooker's family has a half-century history of owning and operating restaurants in Maine and beyond.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank

    16. Longmeadow Shops owner Steve Walker 'very excited' about expansion plans for plaza

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      Longmeadow Shops owner Steve Walker 'very excited' about expansion plans for plaza

      Longmeadow Shops owner Steve Walker, with a desired zoning change freshly in hand, said Tuesday night he's "really excited" about his company's plans to expand and reconfigure the 52-year-old, 78,000 square-foot retail plaza on Bliss Road. "I think we have some incredible plans put together," Walker told reporters. "As I was saying to someone the other day, I have two boys, and the Longmeadow Shops is kind of like my daughter. My office is there; I spent 21 years there. We try to make it better every year."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    17. New antiques store on Main Street in Wilbraham offers vintage furniture and accessories | masslive

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      New antiques store on Main Street in Wilbraham offers vintage furniture and accessories | masslive

      Cathy Hensley of Ludlow recently realized one of her dreams by opening Rooster Hollow antique shop, a vintage furniture and accessories store at 757 Main Street.
      The antiques shop is located in the building adjacent to Rice’s Fruit Farm, to the rear of the property.  Rice’s Fruit Farm is still being renovated Anthony Maloni, the new owner, awaiting an opening.  The Rooster Hollow antique shop opened in late fall.
        “We’re located in the old machine shop of Rice’s,” Hensley said. She said she is leasing her building, the red barn, from Maloni.  Hensley said she is ...

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    18. Big Y hiring for Big Y Express location in Pittsfield | masslive

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      Big Y hiring for Big Y Express location in Pittsfield | masslive

      Springfield-based Big Y Foods Inc. will hire 12 part-time positions available for its newest location; Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Store located at 202 West St, Pittsfield.  The store opens at the end of February  The hiring and interviewing will be completed at the Big Y Supermarket location at 200 West St, Pittsfield. All interested applicants should apply at www.bigy.com.  Big Y Express offers flexible shifts and many scheduling options. Big Y's employee benefits include competitive wages, paid holidays, paid time off, tuition assistance, scholarships, a 401(k) plan, and a work/life care program, according to ...

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    19. O'Reilly Auto Parts opening in Springfield, chain plans more stores in Western Massachusetts | masslive

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      O'Reilly Auto Parts opening in Springfield, chain plans more stores in Western Massachusetts | masslive

      O'Reilly Auto Parts plans to open its new Springfield location, its first in Western Massachusetts, sometime in the first quarter of 2015.  O'Reilly, which is based in Springfield, Missouri, is also planning to open more stores in Western Massachusetts following this first location at 664 State St., said spokesman Mark Merz.  O'Reilly was founded as a family business in 1957 in Missouri. Since then, it has grown to 4,311 locations in 43 states

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    20. Loose Goose cafe closing in Amherst with Archipelago Investments impending purchase of the Carriage Shops | masslive

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      Loose Goose cafe closing in Amherst with Archipelago Investments impending purchase of the Carriage Shops | masslive

      The café is the latest business to close with the impending sale of the Carriage Shops to Archipelago Investments. In the months up to now, some businesses have moved, but others like Loose Goose have closed.  Larry Severance and his wife Jacquelyn Severance opened the café 13 years ago, first in space in a shop out back and then to the street where it now sits at the bend on North Pleasant across from Kendrick Park.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    21. Northampton needs a strategy to keep its unique stores, says director of economic development

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      Northampton needs a strategy to keep its unique stores, says director of economic development

      A handful of entrepreneurs set up shop in downtown Northampton when no one else wanted anything to do with the place and made it into a destination. Instead of shopping at chains in a mall, customers could visit unique shops, have an ice cream and relax in a red-brick piece of the 19th and early 20th century. Over the decades, stores have come and gone. Some of the pioneers have passed on as well. Dan Yacuzzo, whose Eastside Grill helped spur Northampton's culinary reputation, died last year. When Eva Trager, who created Country Comfort on Main Street, passed a ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   United Bank

    22. Faces in Northampton to close after 40 years in business

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      Faces in Northampton to close after 40 years in business

      Steve Vogel, Peter Vogel's father, co-founded Faces of Earth in Amherst in 1971. A second store in downtown Northampton was opened in 1986; in 1991 the Amherst store closed for good. Faces added a second floor at its Northampton location in 1994. Vogel said the store remains profitable, and that any inquires about purchasing the business should be directed to him in writing at the store. Vogel has asked not to be contacted by telephone.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    23. Cinda Jones hoping to lure restaurant, bar, entertainment venu to augment Mill District

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      Cinda Jones hoping to lure restaurant, bar, entertainment venu to augment Mill District

      With Bread & Butter restaurant and The Lift salon opening in January in the new space in the Trolley Barn, and Atkins set to open in the fall in a barn across the way, project developer Cinda Jones is turning her attention now to the 14,400-square-foot sawmill building a stone's throw away

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Easthampton

    24. Springfield Parking Authority seeks retail tenant for downtown Columbus Center complex, pledging 'open arms' approach

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      Springfield Parking Authority seeks retail tenant for downtown Columbus Center complex, pledging 'open arms' approach

      The Springfield Parking Authority is looking for a new retail tenant at the Columbus Center complex in the downtown, pledging an "open arms" approach to potential new and innovative uses of the two-floor space that has housed restaurants in the past. Proposals are due by Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Parking Authority office, 150 Bridge St.

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