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Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking lot and completing interior details, such as …

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DETROIT — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the …

Fiat Chrysler faces massive recall in government deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring the company to offer to buy back certain Ram pickup trucks …

Pride gas station planned for former Aqua Vitae site; Hadley firefighters using neighboring vacant home for training

Monday, July 27, 2015

HADLEY — Within the next 45 days, Pride Stores will submit a plan to build a Super Pride Gas Station on the site of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant and some neighboring properties, according to Pride founder Bob Bolduc. Until then, however, Hadley’s fire department will use one …

Zoe’s Fish House, closed since November for renovations, to close for good

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HADLEY — Mired in debt, the owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley will not reopen the restaurant, which closed in November for renovations, according to the property landlord. Jim Sands, who opened Zoe’s at the Hadley location …

Amherst Community Co-op leaders seek more members, schedule meeting Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

AMHERST — As plans to bring a cooperative supermarket to Amherst continue, organizers are trying to double the membership base before conducting a feasibility study that would identify its size, potential location and business plan. The steering committee for the Amherst Community Co-op will meet at 7 p.m. …

A delicate boardwalk

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting set for Saturday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser featuring several local brewers will be held Saturday night at Lake Wyola. The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting features beer, wine, food and live music by Knightwatch under three large tents near the Association Hall at 1 …

Lia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram to relocate to former site of Lia Kia on King Street in Northampton

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram will relocate to the former site of Lia Kia of Northampton at 263 King St. The Lia Auto Group, founded in 1977 by William Lia Sr., who runs the company with his sons Michael, Bill and Vincent, decided to no longer …

UPDATED: Lia shifts Chrysler car lines to former Kia site on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lia Kia has closed its Northampton dealership and the company that ran it will relocate another dealership to the 263 King St. site. Lia Auto Group, founded in 1977 by William Lia Sr., who runs the company with his sons Michael, Bill and Vincent, decided to …

State’s first medical pot dispensary opens

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened Wednesday — by appointment only — nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the drug’s therapeutic use. Patients lined up outside the Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem a day after state regulators signed off on its final …

European deal creates new US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and …

FDA orders end to artificial trans fats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and …