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Retailers Association of Massachusettts predicts strong holiday sales

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An organization representing Bay State merchants is optimistic about the holiday season. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is forecasting a 6.5 percent increase in store sales during the months of November and December. The holiday sales period unofficially begins in earnest on “Black Friday.” The prediction was based on a survey of 3,500 members of the trade group. Massachusetts retailers posted a 3.4 percent increase in holiday …

E. coli in Costco chicken salad sickens 19

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

By JoNel Aleccia The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — At least 19 people in seven states have been sickened by E. coli poisoning linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco stores, health officials reported Tuesday. Most cases have been reported in Western states, including six in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado and one each in California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington. …

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for the holiday shopping season, according to Dennis Golas, operations manager for the mall. “We’re working …

Leverett family business offers American-made products for pets — and donations to animal shelters

Monday, July 27, 2015

LEVERETT — A Leverett family’s love and compassion for dogs has spurred them to create an online business that gives canine owners the opportunity to buy American-made products for their pets and, through those purchases, to support organizations …

Three new Valley breweries will help grow burgeoning craft-beer industry

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Three new area breweries are helping make the Pioneer Valley the beer capital of Massachusetts. BLDG 8 Brewing and Brew Practitioners will join a long list of other Valley breweries and brew pubs — including New City Brewery, …

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’ …

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 …

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 …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton to expand space and sweet offerings in Thornes Marketplace

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream is planning to expand its Thornes Marketplace location in order to offer more treats to more people — with additional space to move around. “We’re renovating because we’re tripping over each other,” Herrell’s …

Construction jobs among occupations projected to grow the most and fastest in next decade

Sunday, August 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn’t get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic …

Food-truck festival in Northampton canceled after earlier postponement

Friday, August 14, 2015

UPDATE: The Northampton Survival Center benefit referenced in the story below has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 19. NORTHAMPTON — An inaugural food-truck festival expected to draw nearly 3,000 people to the Three-County Fairgrounds this weekend has been …