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Worcester Chamber supporting sales tax holiday

Laura Finaldi |

Massachusetts should hold a sales tax holiday this summer but reject a tax on sugary drinks, a Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce official told the state legislature this week.

Following breakage reports, Staples recalls mesh chairs

Staples, Inc. on Tuesday issued a voluntary recall of its hazen mesh task chairs, saying it received 20 reports of the legs breaking on the product.

Sales tax holiday could happen this summer, Baker says

State House News Service |

A year after lawmakers decided that the state could not afford an August sales tax holiday, the topic is back before a key committee on Tuesday and Gov. Charlie Baker said he's keen to hear the...

Tax rate, retail bans differ in dueling pot bills

State House News Service |

Neither branch has passed marijuana legislation yet, but all signs point to a conference committee eventually having to iron out details of the tax on marijuana sales, how a town can ban pot...

Marijuana discussion pushed off till next week

State House News Service |

House leadership-backed legislation overhauling the marijuana law approved by voters last year came under fire from multiple sides Wednesday and by the end of the day, Speaker Robert DeLeo opted to...

Canal District parking lot to become $20M development

Laura Finaldi |

The vacant dirt lot in Kelley Square, which has largely served as a parking lot for Crompton Place in the Canal District, will become a four-story building with 48 apartments, a diner and a public...

Bill calls for 28% marijuana tax

State House News Service |

A key House committee that for months has been vetting the marijuana legalization ballot law will propose to more than double the tax rate on the sale of pot in Massachusetts from what was approved...

Worcester starting eminent domain process to seize restaurant, cell phone store

Grant Welker |

The Worcester Redevelopment Authority is moving toward taking two properties valued at more than $500,000 as the first step of a sprawling revitalization effort, planning to use eminent domain if...

Reliant moving into Auburn Mall space once slated for theater

Grant Welker |

Reliant Medical Group plans to move into the former Macy's home goods store at the Auburn Mall by next summer, taking up a large vacancy at the mall after plans for a movie theater fell through.

Create better retail spaces

The days of people shopping for certain goods in physical locations may be on the way out, but smart developers still can attract a robust retail customer base.

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