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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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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    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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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    10. 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.

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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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    16. Holyoke sets public hearing on zone change for site formerly proposed for a Big Y

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      Holyoke sets public hearing on zone change for site formerly proposed for a Big Y

      A public hearing will be held Tuesday on a proposed zone change for property at Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue formerly occupied by the Atlas Copco factory and once targeted for a possible Big Y supermarket.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Holyoke   Westfield

    17. Classic Burger plans to open at former Friendly's location on Westfield Street in West Springfield

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      Classic Burger plans to open at former Friendly's location on Westfield Street in West Springfield

      The color, says prospective restaurateur Barry Parker, is '57 Chevy Blue. That's the hue he chose for the exterior of his new restaurant, Classic Burger, set to open in early March in a former Friendly's location at 1261 Westfield Street in West Springfield. It's part of a classic car theme Parker is working on, a theme that will include booths made from chassis of actual classic cars, a seating bench made from a '56 Buick and one made from an old Pepsi ice-chest-style vending machine.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    18. Season of Hope | BusinessWest

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      Season of Hope | BusinessWest

      Rudi Scherff, manager of the Student Prince, a landmark eatery in downtown Springfield that just celebrated 78 years in business, is used to the ups and downs of the hospitality business. Scherff, who undoubtedly has one of the strongest and most affluent regular clienteles in the Pioneer Valley, said he’s getting the sense that, while there is apprehension and concern, people are a bit happier with at least the regional economic situation than they were a year ago.  Scherff told BusinessWest that the holidays are “huge” for his restaurant, which does a solid 20% of the year’s business ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Downtown Springfield merchants, local leaders praise plans for UMass satellite campus at Tower Square

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      Downtown Springfield merchants, local leaders praise plans for UMass satellite campus at Tower Square

      “It’s a big day for Springfield,” said Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer. “It’s very important to the revitalization, the vitality of downtown, to bring college-aged students down here. It will do a world of good for the downtown. We’re very excited.

      “Springfield is on the way back and this is really a big step,” Kennedy said.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    20. Pafumi Motors in Springfield's Indian Orchard section moves as Family Dollar adds locations

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      Pafumi Motors in Springfield's Indian Orchard section moves as Family Dollar adds locations

      Pafumi Motors in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield is moving three doors down and across Main Street to make way as discount-retailer Family Dollar continues its local expansion. Pafumi Motors has temporary quarters nearby at Nick's Auto Body at 390 Main St. Construction has already begun on the department store, which could open as early as June.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Living Local offers 'It's in the Bag' promotion to support Western Massachusetts businesses | masslive.com

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      Living Local offers 'It's in the Bag' promotion to support Western Massachusetts businesses | masslive.com

      Living Local, a Western Massachusetts-based group of independently owned businesses, is gearing up for the holidays with a promotion for customers.  The businesses, now totaling more than 50, are participating in “It’s in the Bag!” on Nov. 16, offering customers new and old an opportunity to take advantage of special offers, events or discounts.  For $5, customers can purchase the brightly colored, reusable shopping bag with the Living Local logo. Inside the bag will be information and promotional materials from all participating businesses, such as discounts on products and services.

      Examples of promotions include 20 percent off any toy ...

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    22. Cinda Jones hopes to lure satellite Atkins Farms market to new building in North Amherst

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      Cinda Jones hopes to lure satellite Atkins Farms market to new building in North Amherst

      The owner of Atkins Farms Country Market is again considering opening a second shop in North Amherst in a new building owned by WD Cowls. Two years ago, Atkins Farms officials were considering opening a second market in the former Cowls sawmill building in North Amherst but decided against it because they were in involved in a number of projects at their South Amherst store.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    23. Big Y completes $1.4 million in renovations to North Adams, Adams stores

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      Big Y completes $1.4 million in renovations to North Adams, Adams stores

      Big Y Foods Inc. has completed renovations at its two stores in northern Berkshire County. Big Y recently invested more than $1.4 million in its stores at 45 Veterans Memorial Ave. in North Adams and at 1 Myrtle St. in Adams. Both stores have been serving their communities as Big Y's since 1984.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    24. Former Union Station restaurant in Northampton to be home to new sports bar

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      Former Union Station restaurant in Northampton to be home to new sports bar

      Jeremiah Micka, who bought the one-time train station from Matthew Pitoniak with partners David Fortier and John Rhoades, said the Platform Sports Bar should be open for business by mid-January or early February. The bar, which will be located on the north side of the building, was once an open platform, Micka said, thus the name. The rest of the building will be turned into a 200-seat banquet hall. That part of the project will not be completed until early summer, Micka said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

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