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    1. Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opens next month in Chicopee

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opens next month in Chicopee

      As Michelle Wirth tells it, she and her husband fell in love with Mercedes-Benz -- and then fell in love with each other. She started working for Mercedes Benz 15 years ago as a mechanical engineer. Her husband, Peter Wirth, is from a town near Stuttgart, Germany, where Mercedes-Benz has its headquarters. He was working there when they met. Now the couple, along with business partner Rich Hesse, are just weeks away from opening a dealership -- Mercedes Benz of Springfield -- at 295 Burnett Road in Chicopee.

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    2. Frontera Grill Mexican restaurant coming to former Ruby Tuesday on Boston Road in Springfield

      Frontera Grill Mexican restaurant coming to former Ruby Tuesday on Boston Road in Springfield

      Mexican restaurant chain Frontera Grill is coming to the former Ruby Tuesday location at 1411 Boston Road in Springfield. The new eatery should be ready in January or so, according to Frontera. The location has been vacant since Ruby Tuesday closed in August 2016 as part of a nationwide corporate downsizing that also claimed the Ruby Tuesday at the Enfield Square mall in Connecticut. Ruby Tuesday locations remain in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Landlords Basser-Kaufman in Woodmere, New York, confirmed that Frontera is coming to the location. Basser-Kaufman had been marketing the location, but ...

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    3. Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Charlene Naylor plans to open a new location of her Charlene's Boutique clothing store in downtown Springfield somewhere around Oct.  1. Naylor, who has a location on Boston Road and recently closed a shop in the Holyoke Mall, said she was drawn to her new location, 1394 Main St., by the promise of MGM Springfield. The $950 million casino and resort complex opens in Springfield's South End in 2018. Naylor described her merchandise as dressy and stylish.

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    4. Fairfield Inn & Suites to Hold Ribbon Cutting in Holyoke Sept. 21

      The 95-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Holyoke, which opened its doors on Aug. 9, is scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. The hotel is located at 229 Whiting Farms Road, at Ingleside Square, and will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Shield Hotels of Northampton. Ingleside Square is a ground-up redevelopment featuring such restaurants as Applebee’s, Chipotle, and McDonald’s, as well as retail stores. Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce executives and local legislators are expected to attend, and the public is invited.

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    5. New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      The owner of a now-demolished budget rate hotel is planning to construct a new $45 million development in its place. The proposal calls for a 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store to be constructed on about eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291, said Frank Quigley, construction manager for the project.

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    6. Construction begins on Hadley Pride store, gas station at Aqua Vitae site

      Construction begins on Hadley Pride store, gas station at Aqua Vitae site

      Construction began Monday on a Pride gas station and food mart at the former site of the Aqua Vitae restaurant, nearly a decade after the landmark restaurant closed. Pride owner Robert Bolduc said he expects to open the business in about six months. He expects to employ about 30 workers, he said. Plans have shown show a 7,400-square-foot gas station and store on a two-acre portion of the 5.3-acre site. The 7,400-square foot store will include a deli, bakery, a Subway sandwich shop and baristas dispensing coffee, Bolduc said, and will feature a drive-through window. Beer and ...

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    7. Mercedes-Benz Set to Make Its Return to Western Mass.

      Mercedes-Benz Set to Make Its Return to Western Mass.

      Michelle Wirth started her career with Mercedes-Benz as a mechanical engineer. Early on, after only a few visits to Stuttgart, Germany, where the cars are designed and manufactured, she learned that the company doesn’t build to industry standards — it creates an environment where engineers can design to their own, higher standards. These are lessons she and her husband, Peter, apply to their life and how they do business, especially with their new venture, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, set to open next month.

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    8. Dress for Success sale aims to help woman in need

      Dress for Success sale aims to help woman in need

      Dress for Success of western Massachusetts is on a mission. The organization empowers disadvantaged women, helping them thrive in the work place and in life. Starting today, women-in-need throughout western Massachusetts are invited to shop ’till they drop, at the “Dress for Success” tag sale. For $25, women are invited to fill a shopping bag with brand name work clothes, shoes and accessories of their choice. Margret Tantillo told 22News, “We’re expecting probably about 200 women to come in and shop this weekend. Not only do women get fabulous fabulous clothing at a good deal, but they also support ...

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    9. Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      The Cornerstone Cafe -- the locally owned  coffee, soup and sandwich shop in Monarch Place -- will continue operating once a new Starbucks sets up shop in the downtown office tower. Paul Picknelly, building owner and president of Monarch Enterprises said in an email Tuesday that Conerstone will stay, but that the cafe is searching for a new high-quality coffee brand to serve. Cornerstone now sells Starbucks Coffee.

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    10. Starbucks to open downtown Springfield store at Monarch Place

      Starbucks to open downtown Springfield store at Monarch Place

      Starbucks is opening a storefront in Monarch Place, the 25-story commercial building on Main Street connected to the 325-room Sheraton hotel. The Springfield Business Improvement District confirmed Monday that Starbucks would be Monarch Place's newest tenant, after teasing the coffee chain's arrival in a Facebook post on Friday.

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    11. Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      The owners of the Hadley Village Shops have filed for site plan approval of construction of a 7,140-square-foot retail building that a town planner said is for Manny's TV and Appliances to relocate there. Planning Board member William Dwyer said a hearing on the proposal has been continued to Aug. 1. He said one page of the application includes a rendering of the building showing the Manny's logo. The Hadley Village Shops are at 41 Russell St. (Route 9), about a half-mile from the Calvin Coolidge Bridge and the Northampton border.

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    12. Springfield plaza owners say Kmart wasn't in long-term plans anyway

      Springfield plaza owners say Kmart wasn't in long-term plans anyway

      Investors Davenport Companies and Albany Road Real Estate were not banking on Kmart sticking around when they bought Springfield Plaza for $35 million back in 2014. That's good thinking. On Friday troubled retailer Sears Holdings announced it would close the Springfield Plaza Kmart in early October and that a liquidation sale will begin Thursday, July 13.

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    13. MBI and Comcast sign deal to bring broadband to Montgomery

      MBI and Comcast sign deal to bring broadband to Montgomery

      Comcast received an $805,800 grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to build a cable network in Montgomery, MBI announced this week. Town officials and Comcast still need to sign a cable franchise agreement. If that goes as planned, Comcast estimates it could have its cable network up and running by the end of 2018. Comcast has agreed to reach around 96 percent of the town's premises, or 360 homes and businesses. The arrangement was approved by town officials in April.

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    14. Projects abound along West Springfield's Riverdale Street corridor, including new Wendy's restaurant | masslive.com

      Projects abound along West Springfield's Riverdale Street corridor, including new Wendy's restaurant | masslive.com

      Things are humming along busy Riverdale Street in West Springfield, where a number of developments are in the works or poised to debut, including a new Wendy's restaurant at 644 Riverdale St. and a major expansion of the Agri-Mark facility across from the Riverdale Shops.  An opening date for the fast-food restaurant has not been announced, but the transformation of the former Arby's site into a drive-thru Wendy's was permitted over a year ago, according to Allyson Manuel, West Side's planning administrator.

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    15. Sears plans to close Newburyport Kmart; Western Massachusetts Sears, Kmart locations spared

      Sears plans to close Newburyport Kmart; Western Massachusetts Sears, Kmart locations spared

      Sears Holdings has plans to close its Kmart location in Newburyport on Massachusetts' North Shore in September. But Sears locations in the Holyoke Mall, the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough and the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and the Kmart locations in Holyoke, Springfield and Palmer and the Sears Outlet in Holyoke have apparently been spared in this round  according to a list of 72 doomed stores circulated internally Tuesday and published online by Business Insider.

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    16. Springfield Union Station inks deal with locally owned restaurant, The Whistle Stop, to take final retail space

      Springfield Union Station inks deal with locally owned restaurant, The Whistle Stop, to take final retail space

      Union Station has filed its final first-floor retail space with The Whistle Stop, a sit-down Italian restaurant that will be owned by Carlo Bonavita. The 1,107-square-foot Whistle Stop will feature stromboli, calzones, pizza, and other fare that passengers can take with them or dine-in. the restaurant will offer beer and wine and the beverage concept is entirely local. Carlo Bonavita's son, Sergio, owns Westfield River Brewing in Southwick. His brother, John, owns The Tavern in Westfield.

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    17. Big Y Foods completes $13 million in renovations at 3 Hampshire County locations

      Big Y Foods completes $13 million in renovations at 3 Hampshire County locations

      Big Y Foods Inc. announced this week that it has completed $13 million in renovations at 3 Hampshire County locations: Big Y World Class markets at 175 University Drive in Amherst; 136 North King St. in Northampton and the Big Y Express Gas and Convenience store at 73 Russell St. in Hadley. Big Y announced Monday that it will host grand re-opening celebrations at all three locations on Wednesday, May 3. The Springfield-based chain also announced $3.1 million in completed renovations at two Connecticut stores. The grand re-opening festivities start out at Big Y Express at 9:30 a ...

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    18. Green/Wich in East Longmeadow offers quick-service salads and sandwiches to suburban customers | masslive.com

      Green/Wich in East Longmeadow offers quick-service salads and sandwiches to suburban customers | masslive.com

      After owning Burger King and KFC franchises across the Commonwealth for more than 30 years, the Cromwell family in 2015 noticed a gap in the suburban market. 'There was nowhere to go -without going to a sit-down restaurant- to get a (meal) salad,' said Eric Cromwell.  In December, Eric, along with his parents Harry and Marie Cromwell, opened Green/Wich, a deli-style salad and sandwich shop in the center of East Longmeadow. The focus on fresh ingredients with fast food-style service is akin to similar eateries in urban areas.

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    19. Ceremony marks completion of Longmeadow Shops expansion

      Ceremony marks completion of Longmeadow Shops expansion

      After more than two years of planning and construction, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday to mark the official opening of the Longmeadow Shops expansion. "It took the support from the community," said Steve Walker, owner of Grove Property Fund, which owns the plaza on Bliss Road. "(A community) that treasures the charm and character of this town." The project expanded the Longmeadow Shops' retail space by about 21,000 square feet while enlarging the parking lot and adding new entrances to the plaza. It had been stymied in 2014 when Town Meeting voters, concerned about what the expansion could ...

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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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