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City agrees to sell former courthouse for $1.2M for housing, retail

Emily Micucci |

The city of Worcester has agreed to sell the former Worcester County Courthouse to a New Hampshire developer that specializes in historic properties for $1.2 million, according to a statement from...

AG pushes rules to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Electronic devices used to deliver hits of nicotine would be treated like cigarettes under regulations proposed Tuesday by Attorney General Maura Healey that would ban free samples and restrict sales...

Why we tuned out Radio Shack

FRANK CONTE Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

In the end, Radio Shack didn't know its own identity. In what will most likely be a major case study in business schools, the once world-famous electronics chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

Voters' verdict: Wal-Mart, TJX did the right thing

An overwhelming majority of voters in our poll for the week of March 2 endorsed recent actions by Wal-Mart and Framingham-based TJX Cos., the parent of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, to increase their...

Developer announces new tenants for former Spag's site, more to come

Emily Micucci |

The future of the old Spag's site on Route 9 in Shrewsbury is continuing to take shape, with two new tenants bolstering the “high end” feel that the proposed Lakeway Commons plaza brings...

Staples survey shows small-business optimism

The majority of small business leaders, 87 percent, are optimistic about the year ahead, according to a recent Staples’ small business survey conducted online by Research Now.

Hudson lumber firm sold to Koopman

A 128-year-old family-owned lumber company in Hudson has been sold to Koopman Lumber of Whitinsville and now bears the Koopman name.

Staples' sales, earnings fell in fourth quarter

Carol McDonald |

Framingham-based Staples Inc. saw a steep decline in earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2014 along with weaker sales. And the office supplies retailer expects sales to continue falling in...

Survey: Snow dumped 24% sales drop on Mass. small biz

MICHAEL NORTON STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

After a strong holiday sales season and amid growing consumer confidence, Massachusetts small businesses experienced an average drop in sales of 24 percent during the recent wave of snowstorms,...

Staples issues first-quarter 2015 dividend

Staples Inc. has approved a 12-cent quarterly dividend that the Framingham-based office supplies retailer will give April 16 to its shareholders of record as of March 27, the company announced...

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