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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

Bluebonnet Diner owner James Greco assures customers the restaurant’s signature train will return

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One night last week a young boy visiting the Bluebonnet Diner with his family could not believe his eyes — the train that he loved to watch circle overhead while he ate had vanished. Despite assurances … 0

Owner of Zoe’s Fish House a partner in steak and seafood restaurant planned in Greenfield

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The downtown will soon add a steak and seafood restaurant to its list of eateries. Jim Sands, owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley, said he has teamed up with Paul Cheng, who has owned The … 1

Target’s Chairman and CEO out in wake of data breach

Monday, May 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Target’s massive data breach has now cost the company’s CEO his job. Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has … 0

GM begins talks to settle ignition lawsuits

Monday, May 5, 2014

DETROIT — A mediator for General Motors has begun negotiations about settling more than 300 claims related to a deadly ignition switch problem in some older model small cars. Kenneth Feinberg confirmed in an interview that he met … 0

Sugar Shack owners Joseph and Shelly Boisvert open a market in North Hadley

Sunday, May 4, 2014

HADLEY — When maple sugaring season is in full swing, the North Hadley Sugar Shack is a destination for hundreds of people each weekend to enjoy a breakfast meal with locally produced maple syrup. In the summer and … 1

Craig White and Bob Lindner, owners of Hillside Pizza, receive 2014 Haas Entrepreneur of Year Award

Saturday, April 26, 2014

DEERFIELD — Craig White and Bob Lindner, founders and owners of Hillside Pizza, which is based in Deerfield, received the 2014 Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. They have helped groups raise over $315,000 since 2001, opened three … 0

Hampshire Mosque in Amherst buys former Adventure Outfitters building on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, April 25, 2014

HADLEY — A Route 9 building that most recently housed Adventure Outfitters has been sold to the Hampshire Mosque. The 451 Russell St. building was recently purchased by Hampshire Mosque Inc. for $570,000 from Ruth Anderson-Zabre and Michael … 1

Amherst Unitarians move back into their renovated downtown building

Thursday, April 24, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown church closed for several months as its building was renovated and nearly doubled in size has reopened. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst returned to the meetinghouse at the intersection of North Pleasant Street … 0

UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

Monday, April 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. … 0

Religious bookstore takes on new name, new beginning in Amherst

Saturday, April 19, 2014

AMHERST — Good Faith Bookstore at 55 South Pleasant St. is set to open Friday as a resource for people of faith and welcoming to everyone in the community. “We think all faith is good. It’s a matter of understanding it,” said Stephen Nagy of Leverett, who serves … 0