Pot testing labs approved in Framingham, Salem

State House News Service |

Marijuana regulators on Thursday approved two testing laboratories to inspect recreational marijuana sold in Massachusetts and approved a host of licenses for other Central Mass. cannabis businesses.

Mixed results on MetroWest industrial, office markets

Grant Welker |

The MetroWest property market had a stronger third quarter for occupied office space but weaker results for industrial space.

Red Heat Tavern opens in Milford

Red Heat Tavern has opened its fifth location, at Milford Crossing.

Franklin marijuana grower building out retail space

Grant Welker |

New England Treatment Access, a Franklin marijuana grower and seller, is expanding its already-sprawling growing and manufacturing space and working to add a retail store.

Sudbury plaza sells for $19M

Sudbury Crossing, a T.J.Maxx-anchored retail plaza on Route 20 in Sudbury has sold for just under $19 million.

Sira Naturals to be acquired by Canadian cannabis investment firm

Zachary Comeau |

Milford-based Sira Naturals and four other U.S. companies are being acquired by a Canadian cannabis acquisition firm.

Holliston marijuana parent company completes $835M merger with Toronto firm

Zachary Comeau |

The New York City-based iAnthus Capital Holdings, the parent company of a Holliston-based marijuana grower Mayflower Medicinals, has merged with Toronto cannabis firm MPX Bioceutical Corp.

Dairy Queen to open first Worcester location

Dairy Queen will open by early next year on Grafton Street in Worcester, making it the chain's first location in the city.

Framingham's MCR Labs on tap for final marijuana testing license

Zachary Comeau |

Two marijuana testing labs - including one in Framingham - are set to get their final licenses from the Cannabis Control Commission in what is another huge milestone for the industry.

CycleBar to open in Milford Crossing next month

Zachary Comeau |

A new indoor cycling franchise is expected to open Nov. 1 in the Milford Crossing plaza on Route 109 in Milford.

Sears in Natick Mall only Mass. store to close in bankruptcy

Zachary Comeau |

The Sears store in the Natick Mall is the only of the troubled retail giant's stores to close in Massachusetts after it filed for bankruptcy Monday.

DBR Group in Framingham acquired by Virginia firm

Framingham employee benefit and consulting firm DBR Group has been acquired by a Virginia insurance company.

MetroWest Medical Center has new CEO

MetroWest Medical Center has a new CEO in Andrew Harding, who began his first day on the job Monday.

Sears, with 11 Central Mass. stores, files for bankruptcy; CEO resigns

Grant Welker |

Sears Holdings, the troubled department stores with 11 Sears and Kmart locations in Central Massachusetts, filed for bankruptcy Monday.

Central Mass. nonprofits share $383K of state small-business grants

Seven nonprofits in Central Massachusetts will share $383,000 among more than $2 million statewide given by the Baker Administration to help small businesses.

Stephanie Ramey is transforming $900K into heads in beds

In April, Stephanie Ramey was promoted from corporate and events sales manager to executive director of Discover Central Massachusetts.

Businesses should set their own staffing levels

On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters will be tasked with deciding three ballot questions, but the one with the most reverberating impact on the Central Massachusetts economy is – by far – Question 1.

Movers & Shakers

Thirteen professionals were on the move recently in Central Massachusetts.

Manufacturing has become the most targeted industry by cyber criminals

Zachary Comeau |

As the manufacturing industry becomes more technological, with more connected devices than ever, hackers have more opportunities to break into those networks.

Millis prepares for years of housing growth as 324-unit development hits former golf course

Grant Welker |

A luxury housing development in Millis once derailed by the Great Recession is now poised to kick off a slate of new homebuilding in the small MetroWest community

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