Biz Briefs: Greylock Federal Moving Branch, Furniture Company Has New Name
Bennington Furniture's sign is replaced in Pittsfield.
Bennington Furniture Becomes Old Brick
Vermont's Bennington Furniture acquired Old Brick Furniture Co. of Albany, N.Y., and is taking on the Old Brick name. Bennington Furniture has six locations, including one in Pittsfield in the Allendale Shopping Center, and Old Brick has two stores in the Albany area.
The purchase occurred last fall and the merger of the stores started in this January. Both companies have been family owned for three to four decades. The newly merged company says staff and service will remain the same, including Bennington Custom, the store's customer furniture line. However, the two chains will merge products and Bennington Furniture stores are holding a clearance sale to make room.
Greylock Federal Relocating
Greylock Federal Credit Union is relocating the branch office in the Stop & Shop Plaza on Merrill Road in Pittsfield to Allendale Shopping Center, less than half a mile away.
"This new location will provide one-stop shopping for our members," said President and CEO John L. Bissell. "It will be a full-service branch with direct access to Greylock Insurance Agency, Greylock Investment Group, and many other credit union support staff that members may need to access for more complex transactions."
The new branch is being built within the existing space that houses credit union operations and a Greylock Insurance Agency office. Bissell said there is ample space for a new and improved branch with an ATM. The move will take place this spring.
"We've been thinking about the move for a while, and with our lease at the Merrill Road location ending soon, it just made sense to do it now," he said. "Plus, we always strive to be good stewards of our members' money, and this new location helps us improve our member convenience while also saving money by not having two facilities in the same general neighborhood."
Eversource Warns of Scams
Some of the energy company's customers have reported received calls from someone using a real Eversource employee's name offering a discount on their electric bill. Others have reported receiving an email that contains the Eversource logo.
"Scammers are constantly changing their tactics to take advantage of unsuspecting customers, and that's why we're always working to raise awareness," said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner. "If you receive an email, phone call or visit at your front door and it doesn't feel right, don't panic and don't pay. We will never threaten to disconnect your service or demand instant payment."
Scammers often target the most vulnerable, including senior citizens and low-income communities. They also create panic for business owners and even major manufacturers, threatening to disrupt their most critical hours of operation.
The energy company offers the following tips to help avoid becoming a victim:
Eversource representatives never demand instant payment over the phone, require the use of pre-paid debit cards or request customers meet at a payment center to make the payment.
Never provide personal financial or account information to any unsolicited person on the phone, at the door or online, even if they seem legitimate.
Beware – some sophisticated scammers can manipulate their caller ID to say the caller is with Eversource.
Customers who are scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive a written notice that includes information on how to maintain their service.
Customers can verify they are speaking with an Eversource representative by asking for some basic information about their account like the name on the account, the account address, and the exact past due balance.
Customers should call 1-800-592-2000 if they receive a call, email or if someone shows up at your door to verify if it's Eversource. For more information visit Eversource.com
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