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Slow, fast lanes for Rte. 9 businesses in Shrewsbury under pandemic – News – telegram.com

SHREWSBURY — Karl Sachs, owner of Sachs Jewelers on Route 9, spent the early days of the pandemic like most of us did: at home and plugged in.

“We shut down, basically locked up everything, and watched the news,” Sachs said. “We watched Gov. Baker’s conferences every day, and as the country shut down — we’re involved with several jewelry organizations — we sat in on many Zoom meetings, had discussions about how we were affected, what insights we could gain, etc.”

And while business has bounced back since his store reopened June 8, Sachs noted that he essentially lost a quarter’s worth of revenue.

Just down the street at Papa’s Hardware, however, it was a different story.

“This year’s going to be a banner year for us,” said Fred Betti, owner of the hardware store and also an industrial supply company. “The hardware store just went cuckoo. Our business

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Politics and the City: Development in Worcester full ahead despite pandemic – News – telegram.com

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the brutal impact it has had on the country’s economy, development interest remains quite high in Worcester.

In fact, it seems the city has not missed a beat in that regard.

While development interest in other cities has slowed or all but come to a standstill in some cases, Worcester has been able to maintain and even build on the pre-pandemic momentum it was enjoying.

One only has to look at all the business that has been taken up by city’s regulatory boards and commissions over the past six months, whether it be actual project plans or zoning changes to facilitate future development.

The fact that boards and commissions have been so busy during the pandemic underscores that continued interest in Worcester, whether it be in the downtown or the neighborhoods.

Things are indeed still happening in Worcester.

Among some of the projects moving through

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Cannabis business opens at former LEGO factory in Fitchburg – News – telegram.com

FITCHBURG – The last LEGO bricks rolled off the assembly line at this factory in 2006.

The building on Crawford Street was one of the last LEGO operations in the U.S., and Labor Day weekend saw a new tenant, Atlantic Medicinal Partners, open its first seed-to-sale medical and recreational cannabis center.

This is the result of a three-year journey of permitting and inspections for Atlantic Medicinal Partners co-founders Stephen Perkins, his brother Jeffrey, and Frank Cieri, who all live on the North Shore. They first decided to get into the legalized marijuana business in December 2017. As soon as AMP received word last Tuesday that the facility had passed the final state inspection, the hustle was on to open in time for the holiday.

“It’s three and a half years since we decided to jump into the cannabis business. This business moves slow and then wham! We got the email

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