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Amherst’s Mercantile gearing up to move to N. Pleasant St.

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — An eclectic gift store that has anchored the northern end of downtown Amherst’s retail scene for more than 40 years will be moving closer to town center — and away from an area that is at the beginning stages of significant redevelopment. The Mercantile, located in the Summerlin Building at 11 East Pleasant St., will move to the former Food for Thought Books site at 106 North Pleasant … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. Eight supervisory employees were fired over the weekend … 0

RJ Reynolds vows to fight Fla. jury’s $23.6B damages award

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MIAMI — The nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola … 0

Ignorance, dithering cited in GM ignition-switch debacle

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WARREN, Mich. — General Motors said Thursday that it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the … 0

Supporters lament passing of Food For Thought Book Collective in Amherst

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AMHERST — Food for Thought Books Collective on North Pleasant Street was a place of support for groups feeling marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender, race or ethnicity. The collective’s closing, announced this week, is sad not … 0

Automakers report strong sales during May

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DETROIT — Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May. Nissan’s U.S. sales jumped 19 percent over last … 0

Backstory: Food for Thought Books Collective closes in Amherst

Monday, June 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Food For Thought Books Collective on North Pleasant Street is closing after nearly four decades in business, despite fundraisers last summer and winter and reducing the size of its quarters. Members sent an email to … 0

Christina Cavallari, owner of Serio’s Market in Northampton, dies at 57

Saturday, May 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Christina A. Cavallari, owner of Serio’s Market, believed to be the longest continuously run, family-owned business in the city, died unexpectedly Friday night. She was 57. Her husband, Gary Golec, with whom she ran the popular … 6

Scandihoovians closing, Moti moving and El Rinconsisto Cuscatleco coming to Amherst

Friday, May 30, 2014

AMHERST — Boltwood Walk will lose its lone retail shop this summer, but will add two restaurants, including one relocating from North Pleasant Street. Scandihoovians at 49 Boltwood Walk, which focuses on jewelry and clothing, is expected to close by the end of July, when its lease expires. … 0

No human needed: Google aims to build driverless car

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel. Actually, the cars wouldn’t even have a wheel. Or gas and … 0

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence offers free services for clients with cancer

Sunday, May 25, 2014

FLORENCE — Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence is offering free services for clients with cancer. They can make a 30-minute appointment for the first Monday of every month, starting June 2, for a service ranging from facial treatments, to manicures to wig styling. Lynn LaFountain, who … 1

Fast-food protests spread overseas

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Labor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage actions in more than 30 countries. The demonstrations build on a campaign by … 0

GM recalls 2.7 million more vehicles

Thursday, May 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors recalled an additional 2.7 million vehicles Thursday as a deep dive into safety issues at the nation’s biggest automaker turned up more problems with some of the cars it built over the past … 0