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BJ's Nearing Completion

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The new BJ's Wholesale Club in Pitsfield is expected to open on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a grand opening the following Saturday.  This store also includes a gas station and the big sign (at left) prompted us to stop last Friday to see if it was open — and if we could fill up. Unfortunately, the bargain price was just the crew doing a test; some of the pumps were sporting a not-so-bargain $9.99 a gallon!

The pumps should be working when the gas station opens on Thursday, Oct. 20. The store is located on Hubbard Avenue behind Berkshire Crossings.

     

Cranwell Expands Meeting, Conference Space

LENOX, Mass. — Cranwell Resort has recently converted some its space to provide three additional venues for conferences and groups.

Meadow View, once the home of the Cranwell Golf School, encompasses 4,700 additional square feet of event space.

The Rockwell Room can accommodate up to 40 people classroom style and the Chesterwood Room is suited for banquets of up to 40. Casual events and indoor recreational or teambuilding activities can be held in the rustic Harvest Barn. The entire complex is connected by a deck overlooking a forested area for outdoor team-building activities, barbecues and picnics, putting contests or group snowshoeing outings in winter.

"We began offering the space to wedding clients seeking a different venue for their rehearsal dinners and soon realized that the area was suited for a variety of corporate and social events," said Dawn Ramsey-Jacobsson, Cranwell's director of sales. "Since then we have held many meetings and functions year-round."

The complex is private and is located across the street from the main entrance. The venue is further enhanced with artwork presented by Sohn Fine Art.

In addition to receiving a Best of the East Award by Meetings East Magazine in 2010, Cranwell Resort was also voted Best Event Venue" in the 2011 Berkshire Eagle Readers' Poll.

To book corporate or social events in the new Meadow View space or any other venue at Cranwell Resort, contact the Group Sales Department at 800-572-8938 or sales@cranwell.com.
     

NBT Bank Gets Approval For Legacy Locations

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — NBT Bank said on Monday that it has received regulatory approval for the acquisition of four banking locations in Berkshire County currently doing business under the Legacy Banks name.

The banking locations being acquired by NBT Bank are in Great Barrington at 700 Main St.; Lee at 76 Park St.; North Adams at 331 State Road, and Pittsfield at 609 Merrill Road. These bank offices will undergo a systems conversion during the fourth weekend in October and open to the public as offices of NBT Bank on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. All current employees at these locations have been offered positions with NBT Bank.

"Receiving the final regulatory approval for our upcoming branch acquisition in Berkshire County is an important milestone in the acquisition process," said NBT Bank Director of Marketing Florence Doller. "We are now engaging the employees and customers of these bank offices as we prepare to welcome them into the NBT Bank family. We are confident that our focus on top-notch customer service and quality financial offerings will be received positively in Berkshire County."

Legacy Bancorp Inc. closed a number of branches as part of a merger with Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. (Berkshire Bank) earlier this year. The State Road branch opened in 2007 in the former Pizza Hut location. The bank was approved for signage at the location at the last Planning Board meeting.

NBT Bank, headquartered in Norwhich, N.Y., offers personal banking, asset management and business services through two NBT Bank and Pennstar Bank, with a network of 123 branches in three states. NBT Bank has 30 offices in New York's Capital Region and a total of 87 offices in upstate New York and northwestern Vermont. Pennstar Bank does business from 36 locations in northeastern Pennsylvania. NBT Bank's parent company, NBT Bancorp Inc., had assets of $5.3 billion as of June 30, 2011.
     

BJ's Wholesale On Pace For Fall Opening

Andy McKeever

 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new BJ's Wholesale is set to be fully constructed by the end of the September and the store will open shortly after.

According Robert MacPherson, founder of Cape Breton Corp., the company that is building the store, construction and utilities are on pace to be completed and the store can be turned over to BJ's management for an October opening.

"The BJ's is looking, hopefully, to open in the middle or end of September," MacPherson said Tuesday. "Certainly before the first of October is our hope."

The construction, located on Hubbard Avenue behind Price Chopper, is expecting to bring 120 new jobs to the city. The club's website is advertising an array of jobs from an assistant manager to meat cutters to department supervisors.

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Williamstown Attorneys Open New Office

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Attorneys Bruce Grinnell, Jeffrey Grandchamp and Jamie Art have opened a new law office together, Grinnell Partners LLP.

Bruce D. Grinnell

With decades of combined experience and deep roots in the community, the firm offers experienced legal counsel in a broad range of areas, including business, commercial, and corporate law, nonprofit organizations, estate planning and administration, real estate, zoning and land use, and mediation.

Grinnell graduated from Williams College in 1962 and received his law degree from Boston University in 1967. He is a resident of Williamstown and member and former chairman of the Northern Berkshire Healthcare board of trustees.

Art also graduated from Williams College, in 1993, and earned his law degree from Yale in 1997. Grandchamp is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia and recieved his law degree from the University of Connecticut.

The firm's offices will be located at 1 Bank St. and can be contacted at 413-458-9601. The individual attorneys may be reached at bruce@grinnellpartners.com; jeff@grinnellpartners.com, and jamie@grinnellpartners.com.

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