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Some Big Y customers overcharged after processing error

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Some Big Y customers Friday were erroneously overcharged due to a glitch in the supermarket chain’s credit and debit processing system. Transactions completed between 3 and 10 p.m. Aug. 28 may have been affected by a technical problem from payment processer NCR. In some cases, customers’ cards were charged double the amount of their purchase, according to NCR spokesman Jeff Dudash. In other cases, customers’ transactions may have …

Best Buy to close location at Hampshire Mall in Hadley Oct. 31

Monday, August 31, 2015

HADLEY — Electronics chain Best Buy will close its Hampshire Mall store on Oct. 31. The store employs a total of 64 employees, 26 of whom work full-time. All employees will be given the chance to apply at a nearby store, and those who don’t will be eligible for a severance package, according to company spokeswoman Carly Charlson. Charlson said the closure is …

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in North Amherst. “The mainstay at Atkins has been the produce,” said store manager Matt O’Brien. …

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 …

Taste of Amherst begins Thursday for 24th year

Sunday, June 14, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Town Common will be filled with food vendors, music and children’s activities when the Taste of Amherst begins Thursday. Now in its 24th year, the food festival will feature 21 area restaurants bringing their signature …

Safety regulators link Takata air bags to another death

Friday, June 12, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. regulators have confirmed that an air bag made by Takata Corp. was involved in the April death of a woman in Louisiana , connecting the defective air bags to a seventh fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it examined the car Kylan …

Hangar Pub and Grill owner seeks approval for new signs, changed entrance at Amherst Brewing Company

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AMHERST — A few months after the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill took over operations of Amherst Brewing Co. at the Newmarket Center shopping complex, new signs indicating the Hangar’s presence at the 10 University Drive site could be installed. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday …

Paradise of India reopens after brief family vacation for owners

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AMHERST — A week-long family trip to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania prompted owners of a two-decade old restaurant on Main Street to temporarily close the business for a few days at the end of May. Paradise of India restaurant, which has been at 87 Main St. …

Paradise of India in Amherst closes until further notice

Monday, June 1, 2015

AMHERST — The Main Street restaurant Paradise of India is closed until further notice, and local business leaders are unsure why. Efforts to reach restaurant owner Tarlochan Singh were unsuccessful Monday. Phone calls to the restaurant went unanswered. A sign taped to one of the restaurant’s windows announced …

Small craft brewers connect with local beer drinkers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer — much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale. …

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, …

Foxwoods opens new shopping center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods Resort Casino and a retail outlet opened a $129 million shopping center Thursday to throw some elbows in a crowded market, draw more visitors, make a play for younger gamblers and promote an enterprise …

Takata air bag recall grows to 34 million

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto …