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    1. Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans

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      Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans

      Balise Motor Sales purchased $2.1 million in real estate in the South End neighborhood of Springfield over the first seven months of 2016, according to records on file at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. The property is all adjacent to Balise Hyundai, Balise Ready Credit used cars and Balise Columbus Ave Car Wash, all on East Columbus Avenue, and to Balise Collision Repair nearby at 292 Main St.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    2. Jerry Rome Nissan Becomes Balise Nissan

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      Jerry Rome Nissan Becomes Balise Nissan

      Jerry Rome Nissan, located at 500 Riverdale St. in West Springfield, has officially become Balise Nissan of West Springfield. The current facility and parking area will undergo expansion in the coming months. Pending approval from the town of West Springfield, the dealership will be renovated to align more closely with Nissan’s latest dealership image.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Balise Motor Sales

    3. Former RadioShack dealer continues as BRW Electronics, looks to expand in 'makerspace' | masslive.com

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      Former RadioShack dealer continues as BRW Electronics, looks to expand in 'makerspace' | masslive.com

      BRW Electronics in the Big Y Plaza on the Mohawk Trail here has a 3-D printer whirring away in a display case toward the front of the store.  The shop prints objects for customers, said owner Ira Brezinsky, who also has a location on Putney Road in Brattleboro, Vermont.  'Makers' and the 'makerspace' being trendy catchwords for the hobbyists, do-it-yourselfers and tinkerers who always populated the BRW Electronics locations back when they were RadioShacks and Brezinsky was a RadioShack dealer.

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    4. Big Y acquiring 8 more stores, expanding further into Eastern Massachusetts

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      Big Y acquiring 8 more stores, expanding further into Eastern Massachusetts

      Big Y is expanding more into Eastern Massachusetts. The Springfield-based supermarket chain has entered into an agreement to acquire eight Hannaford stores in near Boston. The deal is part of a proposed merger of supermarket chains Ahold and Delhaize Group, the Associated Press reports.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    5. Springfield officials, shoppers join in praising completed remodeling of Boston Road Wal-Mart | masslive.com

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      Springfield officials, shoppers join in praising completed remodeling of Boston Road Wal-Mart | masslive.com

      The Boston Road Wal-Mart employs more than 300 full-time and part-time employees and has nearly 150,000 square feet of space, Zeyen said. The improvements included retiling the entire store, new fixtures, 'a better shopping experience, less line, less wait,' he said.  'So we are looking at a brand new store for our customers to serve them, so they can save money and live better,' Zeyen said.
      The customer service desk was separated from the financial services desk. In addition, as requested by customers, Wal-Mart expanded its Hispanic food and products section, he said.

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    6. Convenience store out, print shop in as MGM Springfield begins to influence Main Street business landscape

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      Convenience store out, print shop in as MGM Springfield begins to influence Main Street business landscape

      A print shop is replacing a convenience store in downtown Springfield, as the upcoming opening of the MGM Springfield casino begins to reshape Main Street's business landscape. Civic Center Convenience at 1365 Main Street closed Tuesday after the building's owner did not renew its lease. In its place, Enfield-based printing company Minuteman Press plans to open a second location on August 1. The expansion is designed to capitalize on the fall 2018 opening of the downtown casino, which co-owner Michael Weber thinks will boost Minuteman Press' corporate-driven business.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee moving ahead with Planning Board approvals | masslive.com

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      Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee moving ahead with Planning Board approvals | masslive.com

      Peter Wirth, managing partner of Springfield Automotive Partners Inc., plans to tear down the vacant Plantation Inn and build an $11.8 million, about 35,000 square foot Mercedes-Benz dealership on that property on Burnett Road. Wirth also owns a dealership in New York.  While he initially hoped to close on the sale at the end of February and begin construction in early spring, the complicated nature of the property has delayed both, said John Henry, a civil engineer for BETA Group, Inc. of Springfield which is working on the project.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    8. Petco to open East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

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      Petco to open East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

      The pet store received approval to open at 440 North Main St., where Party City had long since vacated, in November, according to East Longmeadow's Department of Planning, Zoning and Conservation.  'We're targeting late-summer for an opening,' Petco public relations manager Megan Oxford said.  In a fenced-off area of the North Main Street plaza, a construction crew used a cherry picker to make alterations above the awning, while other workers handled tasks inside.

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    9. W.D. Cowls, Beacon Communities to Partner on Third Phase of Mill District

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      W.D. Cowls, Beacon Communities to Partner on Third Phase of Mill District

      W.D. Cowls Inc. announced the start of Phase Three of its Mill District development, with a preliminarily agreement with Beacon Communities, the award-winning, locally established, multi-family-housing development, management, and investment company based in Boston. Mollye Lockwood, W.D. Cowls’ Vice President for Real Estate and Community Development, initiated a relationship with Beacon Communities for what she expects will be the next phase of The Mill District. Beacon is envisioning a development that will feature mixed-income, rental housing and first floor commercial/retail space for lease, all to be located on the south side of Cowls Road, across the street ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    10. Balise Kia scheduled to open in West Springfield | masslive.com

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      Balise Kia scheduled to open in West Springfield | masslive.com

      The new Balise Kia automobile dealership is schedueld to open Thursday, April 14, at 603 Riverdale St. next to sister dealership Balise Mazda.  The new 15,000-square-foot dealership returns the Kia to the Pioneer Valley ever since Fathers & Sons closed its Kia dealership on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield in September after a 17-year relationship with the Korean automaker.  Lia closed Lia Kia dealership in Northampton in June and moved its Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram operation into King Street building that once housed Kia.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Northampton

    11. New Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee to receive 5-year tax deal | masslive.com

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      New Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee to receive 5-year tax deal | masslive.com

      The City Council has approved an agreement that will give the developer of a new Mercedes-Benz dealership a break on his real estate taxes for five years.  The proposal was reviewed by the city's Economic Development Incentive Program Review Committee and negotiated by Mayor Richard J. Kos before being approved unanimously by the 13-member Council last week. It still must be approved by the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    12. Mercedes Dealership Planned for Site Off Turnpike in Chicopee

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      Mercedes Dealership Planned for Site Off Turnpike in Chicopee

      When Peter Wirth and his business partner, Rich Hesse, commenced their search for a site to locate a Mercedes dealership that would serve Western Mass. and Northern Conn., they started, well, where one might think they would start — Riverdale Street in West Springfield.   By June, the partners expect to complete demolition and then start construction of a 35,000-square-foot facility that will bring a Mercedes dealership back to Western Mass. for the first time in more than a decade.  This is an $11.8 million undertaking when one factors in the purchase of the property, demolition, and new construction, Wirth ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    13. Big Y's D'Amour family reflects on grocery chain's beginnings, looks toward future | masslive.com

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      Big Y's D'Amour family reflects on grocery chain's beginnings, looks toward future | masslive.com

      he advice wasn't taken and the brothers went on to build Big Y into one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Springfield-based Big Y now has 63 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees -- including executives and managers, many of whom started off as porters and stock clerks. Founded in 1936 by Paul D'Amour, Big Y is celebrating 80 years in business this year.  Big Y had 56 stores and more than 9,200 employees in 2010. The D'Amour family predicts Big Y could grow to 150 stores over the ...

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    14. Mercedes-Benz dealership proposed for Burnett Road in Chicopee | masslive.com

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      Mercedes-Benz dealership proposed for Burnett Road in Chicopee | masslive.com

      A New York developer is planning to tear down the former Plantation Inn on Burnett Road and build a Mercedes-Benz dealership in its place.  Springfield Automotive Partners Inc., is planning to spend about $11.8 million to build the business. It will initially create 35 jobs, including sales positions and mechanics, said Michael Vedovelli, Chicopee's Community and Economic Development director.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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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    23. 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

    24. 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

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