Members of Congress from Vermont and New Hampshire have called on the Federal Communications Commission to assess the ability of FairPoint Communications to operate emergency communications networks in both states following outages last year.
There was a six-hour outage of Vermont's 911 system in November and a four-hour outage of Portsmouth, New Hampshire 911 services in December.
When it comes to the economy in this part of New England, ignore the state borders, says Linda Dunlavey. She’s head of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments based in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Not far from where she sits, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Windham County is about to shut down for a final time. She says she’s paying attention to the overlaps — of the towns she works with, and with nearby towns in Vermont, and Cheshire County, New Hampshire.
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A tumultuous year for Market Basket is coming to an end with Arthur T. Demoulas formally in charge of the company.
Demoulas and his family announced Friday that they have completed the purchase of the 50.5 percent of the company that was controlled by his cousin. Demoulas offered $1.6 billion in the buyout proposal in August.
Other details of the deal weren't disclosed.
The nearly century-old supermarket chain based in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, has 73 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
The New Hampshire Retail Association expects us all to do more shopping this holiday season. The group projects a 4.3 percent jump in sales, slightly higher than national forecasts.
In anticipation, New Hampshire retailers, warehouses and delivery services are recruiting temporary workers. And while that bodes well for the job market, not all employers and employees find what they’re looking for.
Whole Foods opened its first New Hampshire store in Nashua last month. It plans to add stores in Bedford and Portsmouth by 2016.
It’s an open question whether the Texas-based chain known for high-end natural and organic products can compete with farmers markets on the one hand and with the reopened Market Basket, or the grocers that saw their business grow as the Demoulas family feuded.
It's being billed as the first-ever public-private sponsorship of a race car. Today Gov. Paul LePage announced that the state of Maine will use Fort Kent NASCAR driver Austin Theriault's car as a billboard for the slogan, "Maine is open for business." The sponsorship cost the state $50,000. Some are celebrating the move, while others question whether it will drive business to the state.
The slow death of the textile industry in the U.S. was underscored last December by the closure of the last operating mill in Connecticut, the historic Warren Mills in Stafford Springs. That same mill is celebrating its re-opening under new owners.
How does the American Woolen Company expect to buck the trend?
In early 2013, investment banker Jacob Harrison Long bought the American Woolen Company. Once one of the nation’s most recognized textile companies, when Long arrived, it was little more than a trademark.
Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 9:09 am
As you head to work this morning, your workspace sits empty, awaiting your return. Maybe it’s a cubicle, a windowless box, or a corner office with a view of Boston harbor. Whatever it is, that may change soon, in order to not only accommodate but attract a younger workforce.
The chief of the Market Basket supermarket chain says the company's 71 stores have already accomplished a remarkable turnaround thanks to employees who worked day and night to restock shelves left empty by a worker revolt in his support.
Arthur T. Demoulas is back in control after offering more than $1.5 billion to buy shares of the private company from rival relatives who had fired him.
His ouster led to worker walkouts and customer boycotts that brought the chain to a standstill.
Market Basket is looking to new customers as well as old as it begins its recovery from a six-week employee walkout and customer boycott.
Store managers of the New England supermarket chain say they are seeing a lot of new faces in the food aisles since the board of directors agreed to sell the company to its ousted leader, Arthur T. Demoulas.
Employees have been working around the clock to restock store shelves. Managers say they expect to be nearly fully stocked this weekend.
Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 9:46 am
How does a deal like the $1.5 billion buyout of Market Basket work? What did it take Arthur T. Demoulas to gain total control of the 71-store supermarket chain from warring relatives? It was complicated — from start to finish.
Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:05 am
Market Basket employee Karen Bostwick, of Tewksbury, has filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board, contending current Market Basket management is “violating the right to picket and strike.”
The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire are stepping up efforts to broker a deal to bring the Market Basket standoff to an end.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan actively participated in negotiations Sunday with feuding cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas as well as several other shareholders.
The grocery store chain has 71 stores, all but one in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
A Patrick spokeswoman says the "the parties have made real progress" and are encouraged that a "resolution may be within reach."
The upscale grocer Whole Foods, which is based in Texas with close to 400 stores around the country, opens its first New Hampshire location on Tuesday in Nashua.
The food business has its share of troubles in New Hampshire. Market Basket’s labor protests are keeping shelves empty and customers away. And last year, Shaw’s closed many of its stores, and Stop & Shop pulled out of the state altogether.
But despite these struggles and competition from big-box retailers or local farm stands, Whole Foods is betting on consumer demand for natural and organic.
New Hampshire’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month, at 4.4 percent. At the same time last year, it was 5.2 percent. But the state’s Employment Security office reports the number of Granite Staters in the workforce shrank by 2,550 people from June. And 310 more people were unemployed. Nationally, the jobless rate went up slightly, to 6.2 percent.
The former CEO of the Market Basket supermarket chain who is attempting to regain control of the company from relatives says "onerous" terms are preventing him from buying a controlling share from those family members.
Arthur T. Demoulas said in a statement issued by a spokeswoman Sunday that his offers to buy the company "have been rejected, not on the basis of price, but with counterproposals that have been laden with onerous terms that are far beyond comparable transactions."
Demoulas was fired in June by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 9:14 am
As the standstill surrounding the supermarket chain Market Basket enters its third week, the store is following through with its plan to hold job fairs — first to entice existing Market Basket employees to apply for higher positions, and then for the general public.
Happy campers produce more than beaded wallets and macramé planters. They also generate millions in revenue, payroll and taxes.
At last count there were 289 youth summer camps in New Hampshire, contributing $317 million to the state’s economy and supporting 4,400 jobs with $128 million in total payroll, according to a 2011 report issued by the American Camps Association of New England.