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    1. Springfield's Rocky's Ace Hardware celebrates 85 years of nuts and bolts | masslive.com

      Springfield's Rocky's Ace Hardware celebrates 85 years of nuts and bolts | masslive.com
      He said it’s not just the product on sale that is the consumer’s focus, but the result. That idea places importance on the staff’s ability to help people use a product like paint and the availability of all the stuff that might go with it, like the right brushes, masking tape and filler to take care of those pesky pinholes in the walls.
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    2. Profiles in Business

      Profiles in Business
      “I can literally say that I started from scratch, and with the help of my wife, my brother, my sisters, and my parents, plus hard work and perseverance, our company is growing and prospering,” the typed speech reads. Don D’Amour noted that he and his cousin, company President Charles D’Amour, will be called upon for remarks at the 75th gala, and that, while he hadn’t yet finalized his remarks, he was quite certain that they would strike a very similar theme, although the second generation certainly didn’t start from scratch, a point he emphasized many times.
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    3. Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations

      Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations
      When told of Friendly’s financial problems, which forced the restaurant chain on Wednesday to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy and close 63 locations including five in Western Massachusetts, Green shrugged and said it is the latest bit of bad news that is a direct result of the struggling national economy.
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    4. Kohl’s opens 2 stores, creates nearly 300 jobs in Mass.

      Kohl’s opens 2 stores, creates nearly 300 jobs in Mass.
      Kohl’s Department Stores .Kohl’s Department Stores Latest from The Business Journals Kohl’s opens Dalton storeKohl’s to hire 150 in WaxhawKohl's to add 1,200 people at new Harford Co. warehouse Follow this company .opened two new locations in Massachusetts on Wednesday, creating 280 jobs in the process, the department store chain said. The new stores are located in Springfield, Mass. and Northborough, Mass.
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    5. Big Y Employment Specialist Lindsay Pratola

      Big Y Employment Specialist Lindsay Pratola
      Experts say the job market in Western Mass. is on the upswing. Companies are beginning to replace people who were laid off, and in some sectors, jobs are actually going unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates. But the recovery continues to be painfully slow, and employers are typically filling only one or two positions at time. And the way they find replacements or new hires has undergone a dramatic change as they seek to save time and money.
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    6. Atkins considers second store in Amherst

      AMHERST - Atkins Farms Country Market, an institution in South Amherst for nearly 50 years, might open a second store at the opposite end of town. Pauline Lannon, president of Atkins, said Thursday that Atkins is exploring opening a second store in the North Amherst village center as a way of keeping up with customer demand and offering easier access to its products for more area residents.--Atkins Corner road changes take shape read more
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    7. Holyoke bakery expansion creates jobs, wins tax breaks

      East Baking Company Inc., formerly a mom-and-pop retail bakery, abandoned its cramped quarters in Ludlow for a 28,000-square-foot facility at 104 Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke, in December 2010. The growing company, which was deemed eligible for help under the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program, is now entitled to receive state investment tax credits of up to 3 percent and local property tax exemptions, according to state and local officials.
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    8. Congressman Neal reflects on Springfield's tornado-spawned setback

      Congressman Neal reflects on Springfield's tornado-spawned setback
      The following day, Neal trudged through the near-wasteland of the South End, which still has many of its landmark businesses standing and back in operation, including the Red Rose pizzeria and restaurant, La Fiorentina bakery and Mom & Rico’s, all on Main Street. With an entourage of media and officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in tow, Neal took time to talk with old friends and business owners. Many credited him as having been a financial savior during Neal’s mayoralty.
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