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Manny’s on the move in Hadley, to relocate to the Village Barn Shops



Staff Writer
Thursday, August 10, 2017

HADLEY — A regional television and appliance retailer with a store in Hadley for the past 23 years will move to a new building at the Hampton Village Barn Shops on Route 9 next spring.

Manny’s TV & Appliances is planning to relocate to a 7,200-square-foot building that will break ground later this summer, President Eric Kosciusko said.

“We will be moving out of the mall next April and will be moving to the Village Barn Shops,” Kosciusko said in a phone interview Aug. 3.

The project at 41 Russell St. comes before the Hadley Planning Board for two special permits Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Planning Board Clerk William Dwyer said the permits needed include site plan review and business use in the aquifer. The hearing was originally scheduled for Aug. 1, but was postponed because the board only had three of its five members present.

The building will have a pitched roof, mandated by the location in the historic overlay district, and may also include a cupola that breaks up the roofline. The building will be constructed on the western end of the site, near space where the Christmas Loft was before its 2009 closing and later demolition.

Manny’s has been part of the Mountain Farms Mall complex since 1994. In 2004, Manny’s moved into a new building at 7 South Maple St. after a former H&R Block building between the PeoplesBank and Walmart was demolished. The move at that time was prompted to make way for the relocation of Eastern Mountain Sports.

But the move this time is motivated by reducing the cost of the lease, Kosciusko said. The building, he added, will be smaller than the current 9,000-square-foot building, but the showroom’s size will be maintained.

Manny’s, founded in 1977 by Manny Rovithis, also has locations in Greenfield, Wilbraham, Westfield and Leominster, and Claremont and Spofford, New Hampshire.

Dwyer said the project is one of the few town planners have handled in the past couple of years.

One project approved was for the MedExpress urgent care currently under construction at 424 Russell St. on the former Pizza Hut site at the entrance to Campus Shopping Plaza.

Another is the medical marijuana dispensary coming to the former Sunoco gas station at 457 Russell St. Redevelopment of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant site into a Pride gas station at 29 Russell St. is also continuing.

The board has also approved two 11,000-square-foot buildings proposed by Mountain Farms owner W.S. Development of Chestnut Hill that would replace the former Burger King and the previous site of Florence Bank, though neither has broken ground and both vacant buildings remain standing.

Another vacant building in the same mall complex is the Kentucky Fried Chicken, though no proposal for reuse or redevelopment has been brought to the Planning Board.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.