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Retail

Gymboree liquidation to close four Central Mass. stores

The children's clothing store Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy and will close all of its stores, including four in Central Massachusetts.
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Real Estate

Fitchburg, Worcester receive Urban Agenda funding

Fitchburg has received $60,000 and Worcester $65,000 for economic development initiatives through the state's Urban Agenda Grant Program.
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Economy & Labor

Worcester County wage, employment growth trail state, national averages

Wage and employment growth in Worcester County rose in the second quarter but trailed state and national averages, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
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Retail

Staples $500M acquisition stalled by shutdown

Staples' planned purchase of an Illinois wholesale supplier of office furniture and other goods is being stalled by the federal government shutdown.
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Government & Politics

Fidelity, Berkshire offer loan programs for furloughed federal workers

Leominster-based Fidelity Bank and Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bank are offering their help until the government is opened.
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Technology

Becker adds varsity esports team

Becker College has formed a varsity team to play Overwatch, an online first-person shooter video game, the latest in its esports varsity program.