Retail

Small Businesses Need Support

The recent news that two small businesses located in the Shops at Marketplace in downtown Springfield — Serendipity and Alchemy Nail Bar — will be closing permanently due to a sharp decline in business from the pandemic provides more direct evidence of the damage being done to the business community from this crisis. A number…

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Big Y extends price freeze on 15,000 items to Sept. 2

Big Y World Class Market has extended its price freeze from 10,000 to 15,000 everyday grocery items and until Sept. 2. Springfield-based Big Y said prices could go down and sales will continue. “When we announced our first price freeze, we heard from over 5,000 customers who indicated how important this action is to them,”…

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West Springfield Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet will not reopen post COVID-19

The Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet at 440 Westfield St. will not reopen from its coronavirus shutdown, according to a social media post from its manager. The shop has been removed from a list of Massachusetts Freihofer’s shops on the website of parent company Bimbo Bakeries USA, which has a regional headquarters and distribution center in Chicopee.…

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Springfield Pop-Up Farm Shop delivers fresh dairy, produce downtown

The downtown farmers market isn’t happening this summer because of the coronavirus. But fresh foods — milk from Mapleline Farm, that famous Hadley asparagus and, starting this week, the first hothouse tomatoes from a farm in Deerfield — still hit the downtown every Friday. Just in a box, not a farmers market stall. Read the…

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In a coronavirus world, how will malls be able to operate? Massachusetts retailers look to reopen May 25 with curbside delivery

As the coronavirus pandemic ramped up earlier this year, Springfield’s Eastfield Mall was left with empty halls, an “ugly” decrease in revenue and a “skeleton crew” of workers, according to property manager David Thompson. When management found out in March that brick-and-mortar retailers and other businesses deemed non-essential would be forced to close due to…

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