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Grocery industry growing organic

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Whole Foods is part of a segment of the grocery industry called “fresh format,” a niche popular with consumers for its focus on natural, organic, ethnic and, of course, top-quality fresh products. The category’s numbers may be small — passing just 1,000 stores nationwide last year — but its sales grew a respectable 10.4 percent in 2013 to $14 billion.

Friendly’s bids for comeback

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Friendly's, the family restaurant chain founded by a pair of brothers in Massachusetts nearly 80 years ago, is trying to right itself after a tough couple of decades best remembered for corporate infighting, a succession of new owners, abrupt closings and a quick trip to bankruptcy court.

SUNY Adirondack ideal place to start

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Ed Bartholomew, the economic development chief in Warren County, doesn’t expect a flood of inquiries now that SUNY Adirondack’s plan for participating in START-UP NY is approved. But he does expect interest from companies.

Will Kreme rise again in region?

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Could the Capital Region see Krispy Kreme’s neon “hot now” sign lit once more?

All-cash home sales on the rise

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
When research firm CoreLogic posted data earlier this month on all-cash home sales, it listed New York among a handful of states in which more than half the purchases were made that way.

Shoppers don’t like so many choices

Thursday, May 22, 2014
More than one-third of 2,800 Consumer Reports subscribers polled said they felt overwhelmed by the information they had to process before buying.

Breach hubbub has died quickly

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Whew! Dodged that bullet.

Connecting farmers, consumers troublesome

Thursday, May 8, 2014
The concept was lofty — using the Hudson River to get upstate farm products to New York City — but the devil was in the details.

Connecting farmers, consumers troublesome

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The concept was lofty — using the Hudson River to get upstate farm products to New York City — but the devil was in the details.

Job growth in this recovery mostly low-wage variety

Thursday, May 1, 2014
The National Employment Law Project contends the 2007-09 recession wiped out close to 2 million mid- and higher-wage jobs, replacing them in the recovery with lower-wage ones.

Wal-Mart eyes even healthier bottom line

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
When you’re the nation’s largest retailer — as well as its No. 1 grocer — people pay attention.

No apartment bubble, just high demand

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
An old factory and a school in Schenectady are revamped for apartments. Same in Albany, in a former printing plant, a bank and an office building.

Sears still shedding Kmart stores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The shelves holding colorful displays of bath towels are gone and the pet food section is sparse, but a couple of aisles of toys remained as of late last week, along with a lot of vacuum cleaners.

Spring brings new push for disclosure

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I wonder if Tom DiNapoli’s ears were burning.

Two steps back on bag recycling

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
It was Monday afternoon and the teen apparel shop at the mall was empty. Greeted at the door by the lone sales clerk on the floor, I walked a loop around the store, as if browsing.

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