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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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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    6. 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

    7. 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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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. Holyoke finalizes $750,000 sale of Lynch School to Miami firm that will build retail site with several tenants

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      Holyoke finalizes $750,000 sale of Lynch School to Miami firm that will build retail site with several tenants

      Frontier Development of Miami, Florida will buy the old school and plans to redevelop the property into a two- to three-tenant retail site, officials have said. Tenants at other Frontier Development retail sites include AT&T, Sprint, AutoZone, Cold Stone Creamery, Foot Locker, Mattress Giant, Lane Bryant women's clothing and Starbucks, along with restaurants and pharmacies, according to the company website. The latter would seem to be out of play since Lynch sits across Northampton Street from a Walgreens and a Rite Aid.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    14. 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

    15. 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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    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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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    23. 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

    24. 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

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