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    1. Westmass Area Development Corp. Moves Corporate Offices to Downtown Springfield

      Westmass Area Development Corp. Moves Corporate Offices to Downtown Springfield

      Westmass Area Development Corp. announced the opening of its new corporate offices in downtown Springfield. Located at One Monarch Place, Suite 1350, the new offices will host all corporate functions of Westmass with capacity to continue regional awareness and growth. The new office location will enable Westmass to continue to brand itself as a regional development company focusing on opportunities in real estate and economic development in Western Mass.

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    2. Amherst chamber, Mill District will host forum on housing and economic development - masslive.com

      Amherst chamber, Mill District will host forum on housing and economic development - masslive.com

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mill District will host a public forum Monday on housing and economic development that will include remarks by a state official discussing Gov. Charlie Baker’s Housing Choice Initiative.  Chris Kluchman, the Housing Choice program director at the state Department of Housing and Community Development, will discuss the administration’s housing initiative.

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    3. Williams Distributing sells Chicopee warehouse and land for $5 million as part of Quality Beverage deal

      Williams Distributing sells Chicopee warehouse and land for $5 million as part of Quality Beverage deal

      Quality Beverage paid $5 million for the Williams Distributing real estate at 880 Burnett Road last month, according to documents on file with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. In August, officials with both companies announced that Quality Beverage would buy the Chicopee-based beer distributorship — the business and the real estate — for an undisclosed sum.

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    4. Tricia Canavan

      Tricia Canavan

      Tricia Canavan spent much of her early career as an educator. Today, in a much different role, education is never far from her mind. “As I’ve done this job for the last eight years, I’ve learned how education is tied to workforce development and people being successful. It’s not just about being able to write well or have the fundamentals of math — can you support yourself?”

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    5. As movie theater plans advance, Holyoke Mall seeks zoning change

      As movie theater plans advance, Holyoke Mall seeks zoning change

      With plans for a movie theater moving forward, the owners of the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside have asked the city to relax zoning guidelines that restrict the height of the property. “We are just attempting to get a little more flexibility for the property if we need it,” said Bill Rogalski, Holyoke Mall general manger. “We are just trying to make sure we have every competitive advantage in the marketplace.” While Rogalski said the mall is moving forward with plans for a movie theater, he would not say if that was the reason it is seeking the height allowance.

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    6. Wahlburgers Breaks Ground in Downtown Springfield

      Wahlburgers Breaks Ground in Downtown Springfield

      Chef Paul Wahlberg, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis, and Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein broke ground on Friday on the newest Wahlburgers location in Springfield. After the groundbreaking, Wahlburgers hosted a food-truck pop-up for the public to celebrate the occasion. “We are so excited to bring Wahlburgers to Springfield,” Wahlberg said. “It’s been great to work with the team at MGM Springfield, and we feel so welcomed. It’s an honor to open another Wahlburgers in our home state and know that this location will be another amazing addition to the family.”

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    7. Amazon moving ahead in Holyoke despite layoffs at New England contractor

      Amazon moving ahead in Holyoke despite layoffs at New England contractor

      Amazon has already begun recruiting for the 235 jobs it’s promised at the $5.6 million distribution center it’s fitting out at 161 Lower Westfield Road. The internet retailing giant told City Hall it expects to open the facility in November, just in time for the Christmas rush, said Mike Bloomberg, chief of staff to Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

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    8. Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      A year after movie star Mark Wahberg visited MGM Springfield to announce that his Dorchester-bred family would open a Wahlburgers restaurant at the $960 million casino, a date for the ceremonial groundbreaking has been set. Wahlberg brother chef Paul Wahlberg, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis will turn ceremonial shovels of dirt Friday, Sept. 20. Wahlburgers will have its food truck there for the celebration.

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    9. Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s announced Tuesday that its Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and Burlington Mall stores are getting significant upgrades as a part of its 2019 Growth150 initiative. The plan saw old-line department store chain Macy’s renovate 50 stores in 2018 and another 100 in 2019, including Holyoke and Burlington. "It's fantastic news. They've made a real commitment to Western Massachusetts and the Holyoke store in particular," said Bill Rogalski, general manager for the Holyoke Mall. "It's kind of a wholesale makeover."

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    10. ‘Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business’: Officials react to plans for Amazon distribution center in Holyoke

      ‘Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business’: Officials react to plans for Amazon distribution center in Holyoke

      An Amazon distribution center slated to open on Lower Westfield Road this fall is a sign that the Pioneer Valley has strong appeal for big business, officials said Thursday. “It’s an acknowledgment from a national and international company that Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business," said Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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    11. Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      The manager of the Art-e'-Pizza restaurant downtown informed the city License Commission this week that the business will change its menu to Thai and other Southeast Asian food. The commission approved the request by restaurant manager Charles Becker to change the name of the business to Sok’s Siam to reflect the new plans. The restaurant-bar is located at 272 Worthington St. The new menu should be ready by September or October, Becker said

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    12. Holyoke Mall sells land, building; plumbers union plans training facility, developers has plans for parking lot

      Holyoke Mall sells land, building; plumbers union plans training facility, developers has plans for parking lot

      The Holyoke Mall sold off two pieces of property in July, one to a construction union planning an apprentice training center and one to the owner of a neighboring commercial property who has plans for redevelopment. Both transactions — together valued at more than $3.3 million and totaling 13 acres — were made public by filings at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    13. Springfield seeks demolition bids ahead of delayed $3 million Central Street corridor improvement project - masslive.com

      Springfield seeks demolition bids ahead of delayed $3 million Central Street corridor improvement project - masslive.com

      The city is seeking bids for the demolition of two vacant buildings along the Central Street corridor, a key milestone as the city prepares to begin a long-awaited, $3 million corridor improvement project.  Christopher Cignoli, the city's director of public works, said Thursday that once the demolition work begins, the city will be ready to advertise for bids for the road reconstruction project. The road project in the Maple High-Six Corners area should be ready to begin Oct. 1, he said.

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    14. Tighe & Bond Again Named PSMJ Circle of Excellence Member

      Tighe & Bond Again Named PSMJ Circle of Excellence Member

      Tighe & Bond has been named as a member of the PSMJ Resources Inc. 2019 Circle of Excellence for second year in a row. The Circle of Excellence highlights successfully managed firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, and staff growth. “To be recognized as a member of PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for the second consecutive year is a high honor. Tighe & Bond has always strived to create an outstanding client- and employee-focused firm that adheres to exceptional business practices and delivers sustainable business results,” said Bob Belitz, president and ...

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    15. Westfield seeks developers for downtown block, once home to J.J. Newberry store destroyed in 1986 fire

      Westfield seeks developers for downtown block, once home to J.J. Newberry store destroyed in 1986 fire

      Vacant since a devastating fire more than 30 years ago, developers are being sought for a major parcel along Westfield’s Elm Street downtown business corridor. The Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday advertised a request for interest in the Massachusetts Central Register, seeking proposals from private developers for redevelopment of a 1.6 acre downtown parcel. The site includes what was once the location of the J.J. Newberry store that burned in 1986 and was later demolished. It sits next to the John P. Olver intermodal transportation center that opened two years ago.

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    16. Planet Fitness coming to Holyoke Mall in late 2019

      Planet Fitness coming to Holyoke Mall in late 2019

      Planet Fitness plans to open a 19,000-square-foot gym at the Holyoke Mall in late 2019. Billing itself as a “Judgement Free Zone,” Planet Fitness said it has more than 1,800 locations and 13.6 million members. Pyramid Corp., which manages the Holyoke Mall and 18 other properties in Massachusetts, New York and Virginia, welcomed a Planet Fitness to the Hampshire Mall in Hadley in 2017. “We are excited to open a new location at Holyoke Mall and introduce the community to our high-quality facility and supportive atmosphere,” Ryan Fernades, a representative for Planet Fitness, said in a statement.

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    17. Mom-and-pop stores survive Easthampton’s transition from struggling mill town to arts and dining destination

      Mom-and-pop stores survive Easthampton’s transition from struggling mill town to arts and dining destination

      While this small city is now home to a number of breweries, cafes, tattoo shops and an artsy atmosphere, what has kept Easthampton grounded through its change and growth over the past two decades are a stable of mom-and-pop stores that meet practical, everyday needs.You can get sushi and poke bowls on Cottage Street now, or eat at a restaurant owned by a chef who’s been nominated in the James Beard Foundation’s restaurant awards four years in a row. But it’s still a city where residents and visitors can get a haircut, go grocery shopping, run ...

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    18. Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      The new owners of the old Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture buildings on Elm Street in the heart of the city’s downtown business district plan to begin $1 million worth of renovations in as little as two weeks. "We want to clean the thing up immediately," said Eugene J. Borowski Jr. "Structurally the building is in great shape." Borowski, owner Beyond Builders, heads a group of investors who bought the buildings at 81-83 Elm St. and at 87-89 Elm St. for $275,000, according to a deed filed Monday at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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