Monday, January 14, 2013
No immediate changes planned, but store leases could eventually be sold, analysts say.
The new owners of local Star Market and Shaw's supermarkets say no immediate changes are planned for the stores, including the one just over the border of Westford in Groton. According to the Boston Globe, there are 155 Shaw's and 14 Star Markets with 17,000 employees. In November the troubled company had announced cutting 700 jobs. The new owners, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management, bought the stores as part of a bigger $3.3 billion deal. Cerberus also controls the locally based Steward Health Care System network of community hospitals. The Boston Herald says Albertson's will take over all the New England Shaw's and Star Markets. Albertson's is a well-known supermarket brand name in the West and parts of the northern …
Friday, December 28, 2012
InMotion's Kiki Tobin says things have been going well at her new fitness studio, the first in town geared toward the cycle-based fitness practice known as Spinning.
Looking for something new in the world of local fitness clubs? Kiki Tobin thinks she has the answer, and all you need to do is take a spin down to the Westford/Chelmsford border. Right across from the Westford Swim and Tennis Club on Littleton Road, Tobin recently opened the InMotion Cycling Studio with high hopes for what is Westford’s first ever fitness studio dedicated specifically to the exercise form known as “Spinning.” Between Thanksgiving-themed classes and special guests, Tobin says that the first few weeks in town have been going well. “It’s been fun,” she says. “People have been bringing in their friends and family to work off the calories.” Tobin sought a change after a career in physical therapy, and discovered an entirely …
During these economic times, businesses come and go all the time. Tell us which ones you were sad to see go in the comments section below.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Nothing lasts forever, and 2012 saw the end of several businesses here in Westford. Some had been here for years, like the Westford Grille, others only for a few months like Sugar Cupcake Shoppe or even a few weeks like the temporary Spirit Halloween Store. But, as the year comes to a close, we want to ask you which store you will miss the most from 2012's closings, and which store would you miss the most if it were to close in 2013? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Jim Andrews of Andrews Limousine has found a new home on Broadway here in Westford after a long journey across the Merrimack Valley through an evolving business landscape.
For those looking to get around in style, the beginning of their journey may just start in Graniteville… Over the past 13 years, Jim Andrews has carried passengers from throughout the Merrimack Valley as owner of Andrews Limousine, but recently he’s brought his business here to Westford, setting up shop on Broadway on the corner of Church Street. While Andrews believes that it probably wouldn’t have been feasible to begin his business at his new location due to a lack of exposure, the affordability of the area combined with convenient parking for his vehicles across the street and a long list of established clients from Pelham and Dracut to here in Westford made the move an easy choice. “I had a very small office in Chelmsford, so I looked…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Brian Hogan, owner of Corporate Coach & Limousine, has seen considerable growth in Westford, as well as changes in his industry over the past decade.
The next time you’re at Logan or seeing some kids heading to the prom or just one of those really fancy limousines heading out on the town, look closely. There’s a chance it might just be coming from Westford. For more than a decade, Brian Hogan of Corporate Coach & Limousine has helped clients large and small get where they’re going in style as the Westford area affiliate of Boston Coach. Hogan also owns Nashoba Valley Auto School, which opened in 2006. Located on Park Drive, just off Littleton Road between Powers Road and Lan Drive, Hogan started his limousine business with a space near the Ninety Nine Restaurant with only three cars. Today, he has 19. During that time, he says he's seen plenty of changes in town impacting his business…
Friday, December 16, 2011
Chipotle opened its new restaurant on Thursday to a large lunch crowd.
Chipotle received a warm welcome as the company opened its doors for business on Thursday. They opened at 11 a.m. to a steadily growing lunch crowd, and by 12:30 p.m. it was standing room only and the line wrapped completely around the restaurant.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
From massages to magnetic toys, Westford businesses offer many holiday treats.
With the lure of point-and-click online shopping and huge chain stores, local businesses can sometimes get lost in the holiday shuffle. But there are many opportunities to support local businesses and give unique gifts this holiday season. Here are five local gifts: 1. For many of us, toys play a large role in the holiday season, but all the fads, fakes, and safety hazards can make shopping for them daunting. Toy Shop of Westford is happy to help. The Toy Shop's shelves offer stuffed animals, games, educational kits, cutting edge and classic. toys For younger kids, the Doodle-Track car has been popular this season, while gifts for teens lean toward mindteasers and kits. Store owner Sonya Kalajian said that one of their bestsellers, …