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    1. Local investors interested in buying Tower Square Hotel, state documents say

      Local investors interested in buying Tower Square Hotel, state documents say

      MassMutual told state officials that there is local investor interest in buying the Tower Square Hotel. That's according to state documents released to The Republican through a public records request. They include pages of handwritten notes by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash as he spoke repeatedly with MassMutual about a deal to have the insurance giant consolidate in Massachusetts.

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    2. Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Michael J. "Mick" Kittredge III, founder, president and CEO of Kringle Candle can look at hundreds of candles neatly lining the shelves in one of his retail store's display areas and pick out the one that has a slightly - ever-so slightly - wrinkled label. "It's all about the details," he says as he removes it from the display. It's that attention to detail that has helped Kittredge grow the business beyond his plans and expectations. What was supposed to be a small business with six or seven employees has taken off with nearly 150 employees now.

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    3. Skechers footwear store coming to West Springfield's Century Center

      Skechers footwear store coming to West Springfield's Century Center

      Skechers, the California-based global footwear company, is opening a 10,000-square-foot store at Century Center, the 285,000-square-foot shopping complex on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield.  The store is set to open in March, according to Andrew M. Cohen, owner of Century Center, the region's first strip mall. "We are excited to have the No. 2 shoe brand in the world join the center," he said in a statement Thursday. Cohen said Skechers will be a "great addition" to Century Center, located just over the Memorial Bridge from Springfield.

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    4. Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      In the fall of 2013, Cinda Jones launched a petition drive to lure Atkins to the Mill District she was developing in North Amherst. Two years later, Atkins North opened. Now the president of WD Cowls, Inc. is hoping to lure Tandem Bagel to the space occupied by Bread & Butter, which will be closing soon.  "Maybe if we give them enough LOVE they'll consider coming to The Mill District! Let them hear the love!!!," Jones posted on the Mill District Facebook page, along with a link to Tandem's menu. In an email, Jones wrote, "they inquired about the ...

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    5. Holyoke Mall focused on restaurant, entertainment options, has no immediate replacement for Babies 'R' Us

      Holyoke Mall focused on restaurant, entertainment options, has no immediate replacement for Babies 'R' Us

      "Holyoke Mall is focused on adding more restaurant and entertainment options to its mix similar to the Sumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar that just opened here," spokeswoman Lisa Wray wrote in an email responding to questions about Babies 'R' Us. "We hope to make several more leasing announcements in the coming months when they are finalized."

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    6. Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      This round of shutdowns once again spares Sears stores in the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside as well as Kmart locations on Route 5 in Holyoke and on Wilbraham Street (Route 20) in Palmer. Sears already announced in November its plans to shut down the Sears store in the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough later this month. Sears isn't saying how many people will lose jobs in the closures. But workers will have the ability to apply for jobs at other Sears and Kmart locations.

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    7. Five Guys Burgers lands approval to open new restaurant in East Longmeadow's Center Square shopping complex

      Five Guys Burgers lands approval to open new restaurant in East Longmeadow's Center Square shopping complex

      Diners might have a new place in town to grab a burger, after town officials approved a plan to put a Five Guys in Center Square. The Planning Board this week approved a special permit allowing East Longmeadow Center Village, LLP, which owns several buildings in the plaza, to convert part of Mattress Firm on 40 Center Sq. into a branch of the popular burgers and fries chain. Under the approved plan, about 2,450 square feet of Mattress Firm would be reallocated to Five Guys, Rob Levesque of civil engineering firm R. Levesque Associates Inc. told the Planning Board ...

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    8. Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Springfield Macarons opens in Eastfield Mall, and the French cookies are selling like hotcakes

      Jennifer Cruz, of Springfield, says she was always the woman who brought the baked treats in to her office. Now, baking is her business, and business is so good she has opened the Springfield Macarons store in the Eastfield Mall after about a year of selling the French meringue cookies at farmers markets in and around Springfield. Why macarons? "I was looking for that one thing that you can't find in Springfield," she said of the pastel-colored treats available in a variety of flavors. "You can't find them for miles. These things don't stop selling. So it ...

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    9. Big Y plans to open $5 million Derby, Conn., store in 2019

      Big Y plans to open $5 million Derby, Conn., store in 2019

      Big Y Foods Inc. plans to open a 60,000-square-foot supermarket in Derby, Connecticut, sometime in 2019, according to a news release issued Thursday. The new store, the Springfield-based chain's eighth in New Haven County, represents a $5 million investment and will be part of a 177,000-square-foot shopping center being redeveloped at 656 New Haven Ave. The new location is 60 miles from Springfield, a 90-minute drive. The new Big Y means 150 full- and part-time jobs, according to a news release.

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    10. Seen@ Mercedes-Benz of Springfield's grand opening reception

      Seen@ Mercedes-Benz of Springfield's grand opening reception

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has only been open since October and already its service department is busy enough to schedule appointments out into the following week. "I think we are pleasantly surprised in the level of demand in sales and service," said Michelle Wirth, one of the dealership's owners. "We are definitely outperforming our expectations which is a pleasant surprise."

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    11. 2017 Downtown Springfield Holiday Market features local goods, unique creations (photos,...

      2017 Downtown Springfield Holiday Market features local goods, unique creations (photos,...

      The ribbon has been cut, the merchandise is stocked, and the 2017 Downtown Springfield Holiday Market is open for business. Located in The Shops at Marketplace, 1341 Main Street, the Holiday Market features gift ideas from more than 50 vendors. This is the third year for the event and there will be some new, fun things aimed at drawing shoppers downtown.

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    12. Cinemark movie theaters coming to Holyoke Mall

      Cinemark movie theaters coming to Holyoke Mall

      Cinemark plans to open a theater complex in Holyoke in 2018, said Bryan Jeffries, vice president of marketing and promotions for Cinemark. Cinemark is already listed as a "coming soon" on the website maintained for the Holyoke Mall by the Pyramid Companies, the mall's owner. Other "coming soon" tenants include the women's clothing store Loft and Sumo Japanese restaurant, which is expected to open before the end of 2017 on the lower level of the mall. Damian J. Cote, Holyoke building commissioner, said that mall management has come in with a preliminary drawing of the new theater. But ...

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    13. Bon-Ton CEO says chain will shut 40 locations in 2018

      Bon-Ton CEO says chain will shut 40 locations in 2018

      Beleaguered retailer Bon-Ton Stores Inc. will close at least 40 of its 260 stores in 2018, company president and CEO William Tracy said this week in a press release announcing the most recent financial returns. The chain's net loss for its most recent quarter was $44.9 million, and comparable store sales decreased 6.6 percent vs. the same quarter last year.  Bon-Ton's only Massachusetts location is in the Westfield Shops on Route 20.

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    14. Pride plans 'super' store at old River Inn site in Springfield

      Pride plans 'super' store at old River Inn site in Springfield

      Pride Stores plans to build two new Springfield "Super Pride" outlets in the coming year, including one on the site of the old River Inn at State and Thompson Streets in the city's McKnight neighborhood. The other would replace an existing Pride store at the corner of Breckwood Boulevard and Wilbraham Road near Western New England University, said Pride Stores CEO Robert Bolduc.

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    15. Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Dietz & Co. Architects is doing business in 8,000 square feet of office space on an upper floor of Union Station. And downstairs, Sixt Rental Car, a Subway sandwich shop, Dunkin' Donuts, Commuter Variety newsstand, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Greyhound, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and a few retail kiosks fill up some of the a available retail space. There is more space available and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority is showing the property to prospective tenants. Peter Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines said he's working on deals to bring both the company's offices and a branch of ...

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    16. Sears to close Berkshire Mall location in January; Holyoke, Eastfield Mall stores spared

      Sears to close Berkshire Mall location in January; Holyoke, Eastfield Mall stores spared

      For now, Sears stores in the Eastfield and Holyoke malls and Kmarts in Holyoke and Palmer are spared from closing, according to a list published by parent company Sears Holdings on Thursday.  But Sears does plan to shut down the Sears store in the Berkshire Mall, located a few miles north of Pittsfield in Lanesborough, by the end of January 2018. The Sears outlet in Holyoke will also remain. An independently owned Sears Hometown store on Route 9 in Hadley is for sale.

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    17. Mercedes-Benz of Springfield selling a car each day since opening

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield selling a car each day since opening

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has sold a car virtually every day since it started doing business two and a half weeks ago, said Peter Wirth, the dealership's managing partner. What's more, the dealership's service department has had 10 to 15 customers bring cars in every day, a sign that there is pent up demand a ready customer base for Mercedes-Benz in the Pioneer Valley despite there not having been a dealership here for more than a decade.

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    18. Eastfield Mall owners buy old Macy's store in move paving the way for redevelopment on Boston Road

      Eastfield Mall owners buy old Macy's store in move paving the way for redevelopment on Boston Road

      Mountain Development, the New Jersey-based owners of Springfield's Eastfield Mall, bought the former Macy's store there earlier this month for $1 million. The move, anticipated last spring when the beleaguered retailer put the 127,000-square-foot building on the market, is one more step toward redeveloping the site and "de-malling" it into a mixed use complex. The transaction became public in papers filed at the Hampden Registry of Deeds.

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    19. Marcotte Ford begins building $8M dealership facility (photos)

      Marcotte Ford begins building $8M dealership facility (photos)

      The new Marcotte Ford building taking shape at 1025 Main St. will reflect the latest in Ford Motor Co. design and branding. But it will be filled with a lot of the familiar faces customers know from Marcotte's 55 years in business in the Paper City. "We have a lot of immediate family who work here," said Suzanne Keller, a granddaughter of dealership founder, Al Marcotte. "But all the people who work here are family. People come here to work and we don't want them to leave."

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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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