Our Opinion: The Adams-Adams connection
It appears to be a match made in supermarket heaven. Adams, reeling from the sudden departure of the Big Y after 35 years, will welcome the Connecticut-based Adams Hometown Markets, which plans to buy the former Big Y building on Myrtle Street (Eagle, March 10). In announcing its departure, Big Y did not claim that the store wasn't profitable but asserted that at 15,000 square feet it was too small to meet its current business model. In contrast, Adams Hometown Markets is comfortable operating in stores with that size footprint. If the company decides to pursue tax incentives in making the move, we urge the town to get job commitments in return, perhaps making the 90 Big Y employees who lost their jobs a priority in hiring at the new store. Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan, the Adams Select Board and 1Berkshire played key roles in this rapid transition, with 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler praising Big Y for its assistance. Adams, the third-largest town in the Berkshires, shouldn't be without its own supermarket. Happily, it won't be.
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