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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 after leading a Friday rally demanding Demoulas … 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

State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers. It follows a spirited campaign by out-of-state producers and customers that … 0

Apartments still planned on Plumtree Road in Sunderland

Friday, March 28, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The owner of 67 acres on Plumtree Road said he hopes to start developing the land for apartments within 1½ years. Co-owner Gerard N. Aubrey of Holyoke said the land “will be developed at some point.” Aubrey, a certified public accountant, said he and co-owner Paul … 0

Co-op pushes membership drive to create grocery in Amherst center

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — When Louis’ Foods moved into its new site on University Drive in 1986, the departure left Amherst center without a full-service grocery store. Sometime in 2015, organizers of the Amherst Community Co-op hope to bring a … 0

Big demand for Small Oven: New bakery opens in Easthampton

Friday, March 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON Bakers Amanda Milazzo and Julie Copoulos thought there was a demand in Easthampton for made-from-scratch baked goods because the city had not had a bakery shop in 2½ years, ever since Sunrise Pastry Shop on Cottage Street … 2

New restaurants open in Amherst, Works Bakery Cafe, and Hadley, Moe’s Southwest Grill

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST — Two “fast-casual” restaurants have opened in Amherst and Hadley in recent days. In Amherst, at 48 North Pleasant St., the Works Bakery Cafe began serving customers Wednesday morning, and in Hadley, at 379 Russell St., Moe’s Southwest Grill started business on March 20. The Works is … 0

Toyota’s $1.2B payment could be glimpse into GM’s future

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DETROIT — General Motors, beware. Wednesday’s announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future. It’s also a warning to anyone selling … 0

Northampton woman makes business pitch for her versatile bags at Fenway Park

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An interest in art and a little “outside the bag” thinking have one local entrepreneur poised for a worldwide product launch, if she can get the votes. Natalie Goodale, 33, of Northampton is one of eight … 1

Nicholette Lustig new specialist promoting Franklin County Community Development Corp. commercial kitchen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Nicholette “Nico” Lustig took the newly created job of “food business development specialist” at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center a couple of months ago, she began working with the same sorts of farmers and specialty food … 0

Amherst doughnut shop plans to relocate ahead of Carriage Shops’ possible sale

Monday, March 17, 2014

AMHERST — As the likelihood grows that the Amherst Carriage Shops will be demolished to make way for a new development, one shop owner is planning a move. Keren and Nick Rhodes, who have run the Glazed Doughnut Shop from 233 North Pleasant St. since 2012, will relocate … 0

Slow start to maple season in chilly Massachusetts

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTH ANDOVER — In chilly Massachusetts, maple season is off to a slow start. Maple season starts at the end of February in a typical year. But despite being well into March, temperatures have been too low for … 0

Sam Adams pulls out of St. Patrick’s parade

Friday, March 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade over organizers’ continued exclusion of gay groups. Boston Beer Co. said in a statement Friday that it is disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be reached between the … 0