Retail

Dunkin’ opens ‘next generation’ store in Holyoke

Dunkin’ Donuts officially cut the ribbon on a “next generation” store at 473-489 Pleasant St. Thursday morning. The new Dunkin’ features a unique, modern design equipped with the latest in brewing and pouring technologies, including Nitro Cold Brew, a richer, foamier offering. Freshly baked donuts, muffins and bagels filled the shelves. Franchisees Derek Salema and…

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Toys R Us plans to reopen stores before Christmas

Toys R Us will be back in business in some locations just in time for the Christmas shopping season. The former toy retailer has teamed up with software retailer b8ta to reopen 10 Toys R Us stores across the country after the company went out of business last year. The first two stores will be…

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FunZ Trampoline Park approved for Bon-Ton space in Westfield Shops

FunZ Trampoline Park, part of a plan to help the Westfield Shops bounce back from the loss of key retail tenants, has its special use permit from the Westfield City Council. Jia Min “Johnny” Chen of Groton, Connecticut, said he has plans to build an indoor trampoline park with rope course, “ninja-warrior” obstacles and basketball…

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Crepes Tea House of West Springfield prepares Southwick location; 9-year-old restaurant focuses on Eastern European fare

Promising farm-fresh ingredients and Eastern European foods made in the authentic, old-country way, Crepes Tea House will open a Southwick location later this summer. Arturas Ribinskas, an owner, said Crepes has closed restaurants in the Enfield Square Mall and Holyoke Mall and will focus now on the location in West Springfield, at 261 Union St.,…

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Harbor Freight Tools to Open New Store in Hadley on July 10

Harbor Freight Tools will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Hadley on Wednesday, July 10 at 8 a.m. The store, located at 303 Russell St., is the 15th Harbor Freight Tools store in Massachusetts. “We’re excited to serve customers in the great city of Hadley,” said Steve Handscomb, store manager. “At Harbor…

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Westfield Friendly’s near Massachusetts Turnpike exit expected to close; Pride restarting plans for new station, store

Friendly’s is expected to close its restaurant near the Massachusetts Turnpike exit after its lease expires in November, according to the owner of Pride, the Springfield-based convenience store and gas station chain that owns the property and much of the land around it.Anticipating that the property will be vacant, Pride CEO Robert Bolduc restarted talks…

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Open Square Creates Custom-Built Headquarters for VertitechIT

Architect John Aubin announced plans for the build-out of a company headquarters at his flagship mixed-use development, Open Square. Aubin is creating a new, custom-designed and custom-built work space in his historic zero-net-energy development in Holyoke. The modern office environment will provide approximately 6,000 square feet of work and meeting space for 25 employees. Current…

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