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Retail Business Closings in Western Mass | Connecting Point | Feb. 22, 2017

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Over the last few years, we have been seeing some major department stores closing down in our local malls, and other stores going out of business.Carolee McGrath sat down with Dave Ratner, the owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City, who has seven stores, and member of the Mass Retailers Association to hear the causes behind this trend, the challenges retailers face in Massachusetts, and the way ahead.

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