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    1. Springfield City Council approves zone change for former Mutual Ford site; developer plans...

      Springfield City Council approves zone change for former Mutual Ford site; developer plans...

      The City Council on Monday approved a zone change that would allow housing at the former Mutual Ford car dealership site in the Pine Point neighborhood. Hampden developer Alston Graham, of Graham's Construction Inc., wants to build 23 high-end single-family homes on the long-vacant, blighted property at 1535 Bay St. He purchased the parcel in October for $470,000. Graham requested the zone change from Business B, which allows for a mix of commercial and residential properties, to Residence A, which allows for single-family homes. The council approved the change 10-0 with three councilors absent.

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    2. Pride Stores Partners with Local Beer Brand White Lion

      Pride Stores Partners with Local Beer Brand White Lion

      White Lion Brewing continues to root itself as Springfield’s craft beer brand. Pride Stores which has a beer-and-wine selection in five of its 30 locations will feature White Lion as the preferred local beer brand. “The partnership is part of Pride Stores commitment to the local community,” said David Horgan, director of Advertising. “The company recently announced a distribution partnership with Big Mamou Restaurant, a Springfield based establishment, and we are excited to expand our partnerships through the ‘Support Local’ campaign with White Lion.”

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    3. Eastfield Mall on course to 'de-mall'; what will it look like in 3 years?

      Eastfield Mall on course to 'de-mall'; what will it look like in 3 years?

      The Eastfield Mall is adding new stores and services despite departures -- and while keeping alive plans to "de-mall" its property and redevelop the 44 acres as a mixed use retail, housing and office complex. "In three years, this property will look very different from the outside," said Nicole Sweeney, co-manager of the Eastfield Mall. She said some of the mall building would stay -- possibly the movie theaters, for instance -- but the anchor store buildings would definitely go and retailers would be moved around. Instead of facing enclosed walkways, the stores would face outdoor areas. It's called de-malling in developers ...

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    4. Balise buys South End property from Springfield; auto dealership has spent $3.1M in past year

      Balise buys South End property from Springfield; auto dealership has spent $3.1M in past year

      Balise Motor Sales has purchased more real estate in Springfield's South End and has now amassed all or most of three city blocks between Main Street and East Columbus Avenue. Property records on file at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds show that Balise, using the name BAR South Land Holdings, has spent more than $3.1 million on real estate in the neighborhood since April 2016.

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    5. Agway Home & Garden stores in Westfield, Palmer roar back to life with new owners

      Agway Home & Garden stores in Westfield, Palmer roar back to life with new owners

      Some customers at Kelly's Home & Garden early this week were looking for replacement belts to get their snowblowers up and running. Some wanted to know when the spring flowering annuals would be in stock. That's life in New England when there is a March snowstorm and life at a store that sells products and equipment for homes and gardens in the springtime like Kelly's Home & Garden in Westfield.

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    6. Chandler's Restaurant at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield to be replaced with Au Bon Pain

      Chandler's Restaurant at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield to be replaced with Au Bon Pain

      Chandler's Restaurant, the award-winning restaurant at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield, will soon serve its last meal.  The company told employees Monday that the restaurant will be closed and replaced with an Au Bon Pain in July. Chandler's has offered traditional American dishes for both a lunch crowd and couples seeking romantic candlelight dinners since 1995. The restaurant's last day of operation will be May 14.

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    7. Chipotle Mexican Grill opening on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield

      Chipotle Mexican Grill opening on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield

      A new chain restaurant is slated to make its debut on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield. Chipotle Mexican Grill will open its doors for the first time at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March, 16, according to representatives of the Denver-based company, which employs over 45,000 people and has a net income of around $475 million. Mayor Will Reichelt is among the dignitaries slated to attend a 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day of the restaurant, which is located at 241 Memorial Ave. The restaurant will be open from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m ...

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    8. Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack employees in Greater Springfield have been told that stores in West Springfield at Century Plaza, in Chicopee on Memorial Drive, at Springfield Plaza and in the Westgate Shopping Plaza in Westfield will all close by the end of this month. Stores on King Street in Northampton and in Great Barrington are the  only stores in this part of the state not scheduled to close, but their future certainly remains in doubt. The stores are corporate-owned.

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    9. Longmeadow Facility Continues to Grow and Evolve

      Longmeadow Facility Continues to Grow and Evolve

      The Longmeadow Shops recently completed an ambitious 21,000-square-foot expansion project, continuing a process of growth and evolution that has been ongoing for more than half a century.  Steve Walker says that, almost from the start, the Longmeadow Shops has had the location, the access, and a solid mix of retail that attracts both visitors and, well, more retail.  The ‘almost’ is because Interstate 91, or at least the Massachusetts portion of it, had not been completed by the time the shopping plaza, created at the east end of Bliss Road near the East Longmeadow line by Friendly’s co-founder ...

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    10. Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's has put its former store in the Eastfield Mall up for sale, part of a nationwide effort by the beleaguered retailer to dump its closed or soon-to-be-closed stores. The Eastfield Mall space, once a suburban location of Springfield's beloved Steiger's Department Store, is owned by Macy's. That means it has separate ownership from the mall to which it is attached. A sales brochure posted on the real estate website LoopNet this week does not include an asking price. But the advertising piece, embedded below, does describe the store. It totals 127,000 square feet on ...

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    11. Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

      Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

      GNC, the vitamin supplement shop, has left the Hampshire Mall and opened across the street to become the new neighbor of Starbucks's at Hadley Corner. An eyeglass-eyecare shop, meanwhile, will open next to the vitamin shop where Pizza Studio once was. Construction workers putting finishing touches on several businesses at Hadley Corner The San Antonio, Texas-based Visionworks will open this spring, said Natick developer Eugene Crowley.  A construction crew was working there Wednesday morning and expected to finish work next month. According to the Visionworks website - the company, formerly Eye Care Centers, has 700 retail shops in 42 states.

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    12. Grand opening: Calabrese Market & Deli brings 'The Fancy Schmancy' to West Springfield

      Grand opening: Calabrese Market & Deli brings 'The Fancy Schmancy' to West Springfield

      That aroma you smell as you cross the North End Bridge from Springfield to West Springfield may be coming from the corner of Park and Hanover streets, where the Calabrese Market & Deli celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. As soon as you enter the well-appointed business at 54 Park St., you realize it's not a baloney-on-white-bread type of joint. The gourmet deli counter and gleaming refrigerator cases are overflowing with imported Italian meats and cheeses, Boar's head products, salads, pasta dishes, to-go entrees and more. Then, there's the sandwich menu, which features dozens of hot and cold delicacies ...

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    13. Site demolition and cleanup, new store planned in Springfield North End

      Site demolition and cleanup, new store planned in Springfield North End

      A developer is planning to tear down a building on Main Street in the North End and create a new Family Dollar store there by combining it with a vacant, tax-foreclosed lot being purchased from the city. The demolition, environmental cleanup and new store is a $2.2 million investment at the site that currently includes the New North Citizens Council Recovery Support Center building at 2594 Main St. and the adjacent lot, officials said. "With the new construction on the property, we will see improvement in both appearance and the safety of the area while providing new taxes for ...

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    14. Balise buys Springfield office building, vacant lots from HAP Housing, adding to holdings in South End

      Balise buys Springfield office building, vacant lots from HAP Housing, adding to holdings in South End

      Jeb Balise, CEO of West Springfield-based Balise Motor Sales, responded to questions about the purchase Monday without saying what the company plans to do with the property it has collected. "We take great pride in being a fourth-generation Springfield business. We are committed to being a part of Springfield's renaissance and our investments are to ensure that the South End of Springfield is a part of it," Balise said in a written statement. "We have no specific plans at this time other than continuing to work with the South End Citizens' Council and leadership in the city to help ...

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    15. Springfield officials reveal first 3 businesses to sign leases for $94 million renovated Union Station

      Springfield officials reveal first 3 businesses to sign leases for $94 million renovated Union Station

      Dunkin' Donuts, Subway sandwiches and a Commuter Variety newsstand shop are the first three retail tenants committed to opening in Springfield's Union Station. Union Station is expected to open in April. City officials from the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Union Station booster U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal made the announcement Thursday after taking a group of veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on a tour of the recently rehabilitated station.

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    16. Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

      Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

      Stanley Black & Decker added to its portfolio Thursday by buying the venerable Craftsman brand from Sears for for $775 million. In October, Stanley Black & Decker bought Lenox American Saw along with other parts of the the Newell Brands tool division for $1.95 billion in cash. That deal also included Newell's Irwin brand. That deal included the 500,000-square-foot Lenox American Saw factory in East Longmeadow, with its 640 employees. A total of 900 people manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in more than 70 countries.

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    17. Sears to close Enfield Square Mall store, 3 Massachusetts locations | masslive.com

      Sears to close Enfield Square Mall store, 3 Massachusetts locations | masslive.com

      Sears Holdings, the parent of Sears and Kmart department stores, announced this week that it will close its Sears location at Enfield Square Mall, 90 Elm St.  The company will also close three stores in Massachusetts: two Kmart locations in Fairhaven and South Attleboro and a Sears Auto Center in Swansea.  The Sears auto store in Enfield will remain open, according to Sears Holdings.

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    18. Springfield Business Improvement District announces 2nd Annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market

      Springfield Business Improvement District announces 2nd Annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market

      The Springfield Business Improvement District has announced the 2nd annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market. Springfield Business Improvement Director Chris Russell says, "Springfield has not seen a retail experience like this in over 25 years." This year you can expect to find dozens of local and regional retailers and artisans selling a wide variety of gifts for everyone's taste including Wonderland Gifts, Jackson & Connor, DiRico's Golf & Racquet, Kate Gray, Mountain to Seas Knits, Pops Biscotti and Thomas Jewelry, to name a few.

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    19. CilantroMex opens 1st Massachusetts location at Holyoke Mall

      CilantroMex opens 1st Massachusetts location at Holyoke Mall

      CilantroMex has opened its location in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside on the upper level near JC Penney, according to a news release from the Mall. It will be the first CilantroMex location in Massachusetts. The 10-location chain has seven restaurants in Rhode Island and two in New York. One location is near Albany, New York, in Crossgates Mall and in Syracuse, New York, at Destiny USA. Both those malls are also owned by Pyramid Cos. which owns Holyoke Mall.

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    20. Gary Rome Hyundai commitment to Holyoke praised at grand opening

      Gary Rome Hyundai commitment to Holyoke praised at grand opening

      Over 300 people attended the grand opening at 150 Whiting Farms Road. The dealership opened Aug. 29. The $10 million facility employs nearly 80 people on a 19-acre site that includes a car wash, state motor vehicle inspection station and Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle office to get license plates on site. The event included music and food stations and a host of local and state officials,

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    21. Holyoke Mall opens new stores

      Holyoke Mall opens new stores

      Holyoke Mall at Ingleside has opened a new White Barn candle store and a remodeled Bath & Body Works, according to a news release. White Barn is the seventh new long-term store at the mall in the last six months, joining Billy Beez, Shatter & Case, Torrid, Sprint, Zales and CilantroMex. White Barn and Bath & Body Works are both open on the lower level between Forever 21 and Sears, according to the mall

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    22. Big Lots to cut ribbon on rebuilt Springfield store

      Big Lots to cut ribbon on rebuilt Springfield store

       Big Lots will hosted a grand opening Friday  for its rehabbed store at 90 Cooley Street, Springfield in the Five Town Plaza. Big Lots District Team Leader Chris Berger presented  a donation of $2,000 to Thomas M. Balliet School during the ceremony. A non-traditional, closeout-type retailer, Big Lots has 1,448 stores in 47 states  selling food and other consumables, furniture, seasonal goods, furniture and electronics.

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    23. Minuteman Press hosts ribbon cutting on Main Street in Springfield

      Minuteman Press hosts ribbon cutting on Main Street in Springfield

      Minuteman Press hosted a grand opening" of its Springfield location, 1365 Main St., downtown. This will be the second location for franchise owners, Michael and Lindsey Weber, who also own the Enfield location. Minuteman Press is a full-service design, print and marketing center serving the entire business community from small businesses to corporations. They produce banners, signs, marketing materials, and more.

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    24. Chicopee officials break ground on new Mercedes-Benz dealership

      Chicopee officials break ground on new Mercedes-Benz dealership

      Springfield Automotive Partners Inc. broke ground Wednesday on its plans to build a Mercedes-Benz dealership on the property of the Plantation Inn, which was previously the Schine Inn. Standing in front of the boarded-up vacant hotel, owners Rich and Amy Hesse said they are in the process of removing hazardous materials from the asbestos-filled inn and hope to proceed to demolition and then construction soon. Rich Hesse said the roughly $12 million project will create a roughly 37,000-square-foot business. It should be finished, open and operating by this time next year.

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