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    1. Gary Rome Hyundai seeks to buy Whiting Farms Road site, submits $2 million proposal for property

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      Gary Rome Hyundai seeks to buy Whiting Farms Road site, submits $2 million proposal for property

      The Holyoke Gas and Electric Department has awarded a contract for a Whiting Farms Road property to Gary Rome Hyundai with an expectation an agreement will be signed soon, despite neighbors' opposition to certain kinds of development at the site, officials said. Bids for the 19-acre property were publicly opened by Holyoke Gas and Electric Commission (HGE) in May. The commission awarded the contract to Gary Rome, which submitted a bid for $2,050,000, at a public meeting on June 4, officials said. Gary Rome Hyundai has a dealership at 1000 Main St. in the city. Gary Rome Auto ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican   Jim Lavelle

    2. Fleet Feet store opens at The Shops in Longmeadow | masslive.com

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      Fleet Feet store opens at The Shops in Longmeadow | masslive.com

      A new store has opened at The Shops, at 680 Bliss Road, in the space formerly occupied by Pendleton. Fleet Feet Sports, a running, walking and fitness franchise, owned and operated by Timothy D. Murphy, opened on July 24. While there are 130 franchises in the country, this is the first in Massachusetts. “We are thrilled to be here,” Murphy said. “We couldn’t have picked a better location. This is an active community that supports local businesses, and there are good running routes in town.”  Running routes are important to Murphy because an essential aspect of the Fleet Feet ...

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    3. Westfield Planning Board approves proposed redevelopment of former Balise auto dealership property

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      Westfield Planning Board approves proposed redevelopment of former Balise auto dealership property

      The Planning Board has approved the estimated $10 million redevelopment of the former Balise auto dealership property at 99 Springfield Rd. The board, following a unanimous vote, issued the necessary special permit, site plan and storm water management plan approval requested by Westfield residents Julie and Nabil Hannoush for a project that will ultimate see the addition of three new buildings and new businesses that will create upwards of 200 jobs.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    4. Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

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      Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

      Common Capital, the Holyoke based nonprofit lender to small business, has closed a $40,000  loan to help Quabbin Harvest, a soon-to-open grocery cooperative in Orange. Chris Sikes, Common Capital's CEO, made the announcement in an email Wednesday. Common Capital is making the loan in partnership with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Mount Grace Land Trust. The trust  purchased the building at 12 North Main St. where the new market is being built. The location was the former Workers Credit Union building. The market is set to open in the middle of September, said Quabbin ...

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      Mentions:   Common Capital   Holyoke

    5. Northampton Friendly's on King Street closed

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      Northampton Friendly's on King Street closed

      The Friendly's Restaurant on King Street, a downtown fixture for years, has closed. Signs on the window and door of the 63 King St. business inform customers that the restaurant, popular for its affordable meals and ice cream, is no longer open. It refers them to other Friendly's locations in Florence and Hadley.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    6. Archipelago Investments plans a 78-unit housing complex with space for 4 retail shops at Carriage Shops site

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      Archipelago Investments plans a 78-unit housing complex with space for 4 retail shops at Carriage Shops site

      Archipelago Investments is proposing to build a five-story brick and white cedar apartment and retail complex just a stone's throw from its 36-unit project called Kendrick Place. The company submitted plans for its 49,100-square foot project called 1 East Pleasant on the Carriage Shops site to the Planning Department earlier this month. The Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on the site plan review for Oct. 1.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    7. Friendly's enters into marketing relationship with New England Patriots

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      Friendly's enters into marketing relationship with New England Patriots

      New England favorite Friendly's Ice Cream has entered into a marketing relationship with the New England Patriots.  Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, the day after the regular-season opener against Miami, Kids eat free on the day after a Patriots victory. Rules for the promotion are: one free Level 1 kid’s meal for every adult entree purchased, Friendly's said this week in a news release  The Friendly's sponsorship also includes in-stadium promotions and signs, social media and appearances by the Patriots Cheerleaders and mascot, Pat Patriot, at Friendly’s events. Friendly’s will also extend the benefits of ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    8. Archipelago Investments expected to file plans for Carriage Shop redevelopment soon

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      Archipelago Investments expected to file plans for Carriage Shop redevelopment soon

      Archipelago, which is building Kendrick Place nearby, intends to raze the shops for a new mixed-use building of retail and residential. According to a purchase offer from Archipelago to members of the condominium trust, the company is offering $4.6 million for the purchase.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    9. Longmeadow Shops proposes expansion; 1 Select Board member responds with residents' complaints

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      Longmeadow Shops proposes expansion; 1 Select Board member responds with residents' complaints

      A plan to expand the Longmeadow Shops retail center, located at 704 Bliss Road, was presented to the Longmeadow Select Board at its July 21 meeting.  Matthew Wittmer, an architect with Phase Zero Design Inc., came before the board to represent Grove Property Fund, the corporation that owns and rents out the shopping center.  He envisioned several new shops 'of the same quality and caliber of Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware,' being added to the retail opportunities already available to local residents, as well as the installation of a CVS drive-thru and 48 new parking spaces to improve the flow ...

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    10. UMass student farmers celebrate growing collaboration with Big Y World Class Market

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      UMass student farmers celebrate growing collaboration with Big Y World Class Market

      On Friday morning, a handful of University of Massachusetts student farmers dressed in dusty shorts and T-shirts, were busy harvesting yellow squash, zucchini and eggplants that would soon be on the shelves of two Big Y World Class Market stores. This is the first summer the students from the UMass Student Farm have been supplying summer crops to the Springfield-based chain. In the past two years, they sold fall crops there, said farm manager Amanda Brown. But the partnership with Big Y has grown and both hope it will continue to flourish.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    11. More Investments in the Future | BusinessWest

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      More Investments in the Future | BusinessWest

      he East Columbus Avenue project is the latest — and probably the last, “at least for now” — for the company in Western Mass., said Balise, noting that every dealership in the regional portfolio has been replaced or substantially renovated over the past eight years, with investments totaling more than $30 million.  The project list includes new facilities for Balise Toyota, Balise Lexus, and Balise Honda, all on Riverdale Street in West Springfield; Balise Chevy Buick GMC on West Columbus Avenue in Springfield; and Balise Ford on Boston Road in Wilbraham. Meanwhile, the Balise Mazda facility, also on Riverdale Street, has been ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Balise Motor Sales

    12. Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

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      Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Dunkin' Donuts franchisees Peter Martins and John Salema will attend, according to a press release from the mayor's office. Members of the Armory Quadrangle Civic Association will also be present. The location of Congress Street near the intersection with Dwight Street is adjacent to the recently refurbished LaQuinta Inn and Suites.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    13. The Works opens in downtown Amherst in space that had been empty for years | masslive.com

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      The Works opens in downtown Amherst in space that had been empty for years | masslive.com

      For years, the space that had once been home to D'Angelo's had been dark, but earlier this year The Works Bakery Cafe opened quietly this spring.  It is a sandwich shop among other things and it's the eighth and largest such venture for the company, which opened its first shop in Manchester Vermont in 1988 as an alternative to fast food chains. That means for the company knowing where the food comes from and buying locally when they can.

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    14. Big Y completes work at Westfield store | masslive.com

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      Big Y completes work at Westfield store | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the renovations at their Westfield Shops World Class Market at 475 East Main St. in Westfield.  This $1.25 million renovation effort began in September 2013 and included renovations in all departments including new additions throughout the store. The 65,163 square foot store was acquired from Waldbaum’s Food Mart in 2003. This past renovation represents the first major changes since that time, according to a news release from Big Y.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Westfield

    15. Dunkin' Donuts to open new location in downtown Springfield next to La Quinta hotel

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      Dunkin' Donuts to open new location in downtown Springfield next to La Quinta hotel

      A new Dunkin' Donuts at 100 Congress St. is taking shape and the company plans to have it open by early June. The new drive-in-equipped Dunkin' Donuts is at the intersection of Congress and Dwight streets, next to the recently refurbished La Quinta Inn and Suites. The donut shop will also offer flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, digital menu boards and an outdoor patio seating area, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Collective Copies to create bookstore within its Amherst retail space

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      Collective Copies to create bookstore within its Amherst retail space

      The bookshop will have its grand opening on May 1 at 11 a.m., the 31st anniversary of Collective Copies. Strimer will discuss the first five years of Levellers Press, followed by Levellers' authors reading from their work. There will be a 4 p.m. public reception for all Levellers Press and Off the Common Books authors to which the public is invited. Since publishing "Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts," by Robert H. Romer, in 2009, Levellers Press of Amherst has produced nearly 50 titles.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    17. Owners of Amherst Carriage Shops condominiums meeting today in Hadley to discuss selling shops to Archipelago Investments

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      Owners of Amherst Carriage Shops condominiums meeting today in Hadley to discuss selling shops to Archipelago Investments

      HADLEY — Owners of the Amherst Carriage Shops condominiums are meeting today at the Holiday Inn here to consider a letter of intent from Archipelago Investments to purchase the complex. To sell, at lease 75 percent of the unit owners...

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    18. Market-driven Move | BusinessWest

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      Market-driven Move | BusinessWest

      Urbschat said marketing and advertising budgets are among the first things to be cut during a downturn like the recent recession, and they’re also some of the last things to be restored. But she’s seeing definite signs of progress.  “That’s the natural order of economic downturns and recovery, and I feel we’re in recovery,” said Urbschat, who speaks from the experience gained from living through several recessions. “That’s the beauty of being a small business — we’re lean; we can make adjustments as needed and respond. We took appropriate measures, and now we’re off ...

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    19. Yankee Candle announces layoffs at South Deerfield headquarters

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      Yankee Candle announces layoffs at South Deerfield headquarters

      Yankee Candle Co. laid off some salaried workers at its corporate offices here Thursday as part of a restructuring.  Harlen M. Kent, Yankee Candle’s president and CEO, wouldn't reveal numbers Thursday. But he said the layoffs amount to less than 2 percent, or fewer than 30 people, of the 1,500 who work for Yankee Candle locally either in retail or manufacturing or in the corporate headquarters. The eliminated employees are in marketing, engineering and operations and product development, Kent said.  'Where possible we have redirected folks into new positions,' Kent said. Yankee Candle Co. is Franklin County ...

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Yankee Candle Co.   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    20. Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton nominated again for James Beard Foundation Award

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      Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton nominated again for James Beard Foundation Award

      The James Beard Foundation has tapped Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton again as a semifinalist for its 2014 Restaurant and Chef Awards.  This is the fourth straight year that owners Cheryl Maffei and Jonathan Stevens have been nominated in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category. This year, they're up against nationally-known names like Dominique Ansel (inventor of the cronut) and Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    21. Chick-Fil-A opens first Mass. free-standing store

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      Chick-Fil-A opens first Mass. free-standing store

      Chick-Fil-A opened its first freestanding Massachusetts location in Chicopee today, a project managed by Jones Lang LaSalle's Project and Development Services group. Jones Lang LaSalle is working with Chick-Fil-A on a New England expansion that includes the permitting of 12 restaurants, with four more starting construction this spring. The expansion will bring additional Chick-Fil-A locations to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine.

       
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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    22. Auto dealerships retool operations to create a better buying experience

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      Auto dealerships retool operations to create a better buying experience

      An auto dealer needs to move a lot of metal to make back a $13 million investment in two new dealership buildings, but Thomas M. Cosenzi and Carla J. Cosenzi, brother-and-sister owners of the Tommy Car Auto Group knows that new facilities are what it takes in today's competitive auto market.  Especially if those dealerships are next to other dealerships on Northampton's King Street, an area emerging as an auto mile with new Lia dealerships, the switch of Burke from GMC trucks to the more varied Chevrolet and the relocation a year ago of Ford of Northampton to ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield   Balise Motor Sales

    23. F.L. Roberts to complete car wash in Springfield's South End by end of December

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      F.L. Roberts to complete car wash in Springfield's South End by end of December

      Local chain F.L. Roberts hopes to open a new Golden Nozzle Car was location on East Columbus Avenue in the city 's South End by the end of December. Steven M. Roberts, chief executive officer and president of F.L. Roberts, said the company might close a nearby car wash when the new one opens, but the decision is not final. FL Roberts already has a nearby Mobil gas station.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Steven M. Roberts

    24. Lumber Liquidators opens location in Wilbraham

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      Lumber Liquidators opens location in Wilbraham

      With the opening of its newest store on 2148 Boston Road, Lumber Liquidators has brought its low-cost, no-middleman flooring approach to Wilbraham, according to a news release.  The store has three employees.

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