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Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which has been on King Street for decades. A sign on its door now directs customers to his other Friendly’s restaurants at 54 Main St. in Florence and 455 Russell St. in Hadley. Managers at those two restaurants Tuesday referred questions to Glenn who could not be reached for comment. “I thank you for your patronage over the … 1

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of Amherst has given the project, were submitted to the town’s Planning Department Aug. 5. Building … 0

Florence Subway franchise owner Matthew Baca to open new restaurant in downtown Northampton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new Subway restaurant is planned for the 193 Main St. storefront downtown formerly occupied by Main Street Cleaners. Matthew Baca, who already owns the Subway at 91 Main St. in Florence, tentatively plans to open the downtown restaurant on Oct. 1. “It’s fun being able to build it from the … 1

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

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