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Belchertown Road Sunoco in Amherst closed by state for unpaid taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

AMHERST — A long-time service and gas station in the East Amherst village center is closed after the property was seized Thursday morning by officials with the state’s Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. A large sign informing the public about the seizure is taped to the window of the Belchertown Road Sunoco at 40 Belchertown Rd. Maryann Merigan, spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, said in an email Friday …

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 …

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 …

Group seeks injunction forcing Wal-Mart to rehire 2,200 workers

Monday, April 20, 2015

A union is seeking an injunction to force Wal-Mart to rehire 2,200 workers laid off when the retailer suddenly closed five stores last week for what it said were needed plumbing repairs. Among the shuttered stores is one in Pico Rivera, Calif., where workers have aggressively advocated for …

Court: Bankruptcy shields GM from death claims

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DETROIT — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars. But Judge Robert Gerber in …

Online excitement but no long lines for Apple Watch debut

Friday, April 10, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. — An online rush replaced the traditional overnight queues outside Apple stores Friday as the iconic tech company began taking orders and letting shoppers get their hands on its much-vaunted smartwatch for the first time. …

New Pizza Studio in Hadley combines food and art

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — A new pizza place aims to tap the creativity of its customers to design their pizza as an artist might compose a painting. Pizza Studio opens today at 34 Russell St., according to company spokeswoman Stephanie …

Owner Mike Cronin closing Look Restaurant; head cook considers buying popular Leeds institution

Friday, April 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As Bess Detmold of Leeds took her usual lunchtime seat at one of the dozen stools at Look Restaurant’s counter Friday, the waitress knew what question to ask her. Would she be having soup today? Detmold …

Jury orders Chrysler to pay $150M in Jeep fire death

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NEW YORK — A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee caught fire after a crash. Jurors in Decatur County ruled Thursday that Chrysler acted with reckless disregard for human life in selling the boy’s …

Faces closes basement shopping area in Northampton; discussions of potential sale said to continue

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly three months after Faces owner Peter Vogel announced that the downtown landmark will close early this year, the fate of the popular shop remains uncertain. Though no closing date has been announced, the store’s shelves …

McDonald’s: Workers to get pay raises

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The fast-food chain owns about 10 percent of its more than …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another restaurant in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to …

Lincoln Continental returns

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the Lincoln Continental is coming back after a 13-year hiatus. A concept version of the full-size Continental will be shown at the New York auto show this week. The production car goes …