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Worcester hardware store breaking ground on expansion

Sam Bonacci |

The 102-year-old, family owned Worcester company Barrows Hardware is set to break ground on a 6,300 square foot expansion tomorrow.

Businesses jumping through new OT hoops

SUSAN ShalHoub |

With the new federal overtime pay rule set to take effect Dec. 1, Central Massachusetts businesses are educating themselves, planning changes – and offering opinions.

40 Under 40: Miriam Hyder

Since rejoining her family's business in 2013, Hyder marketed its specialty food to an expanding customer base, resulting in a 20-percent sales increase in her first year.

40 Under 40: William E. Aubuchon, IV

Aubuchon became the fifth president and CEO of Aubuchon Hardware in 2015, focused on transforming it into the most convenient hometown hardware store chain.

Citizens panel begins legal marijuana exploration

STATEHOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Seven experts with experience in marijuana policy, including legal, medical and business types, will help a group of 20 Massachusetts voters dive headfirst into the debate over the marijuana...

Failed $6B merger cost Staples $340M

Sam Bonacci |

The failed merger with Office Depot was cited as one of the main reasons for a $766 million loss from Staples in the company's second quarter of 2016.

TJX earnings hit $562M on growing consumer traffic

Stephanie Meagher |

As other retailers continue to pull back from brick-and-mortar locations, TJX is reporting continued growth in-store traffic that resulted in $562 million in earnings in the second quarter of the...

Holliston hockey/lacrosse firm buys 23 stores

Sam Bonacci |

A Holliston retailer of hockey and lacrosse equipment nearly doubled its retail presence as it expands with the acquisition of a St. Louis retailer.

Warren backs Healey on gun law enforcement

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Add Sen. Elizabeth Warren to those who have come to Attorney General Maura Healey's defense since the AG announced a crackdown on "copycat" assault weapons.

Tax-free weekend is an essential economic driver

W. STUART LOOSEMORE Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce argues for continuing the tax-free weekend in the future.

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