Best example of why companies are reluctant to start doing business in this state: I’m sure the executives at the Wegmans corporate office in Rochester, N.Y., had no idea their much-beloved supermarket would be greeted with so much resistance. The town of Westwood embraced Wegmans’ request for a beer and wine license for the first Wegmans in the state, but it also needed the Legislature’s approval. First, Rep. Angelo Scaccia (who was helping out a rival chain) held up the bill until Rep. Paul McMurtry (who represents Westwood) kept blocking nearly every other piece of legislation from moving forward until the Wegmans bill came up. Then Rep. William Galvin (who represents Canton, where residents are worried about traffic) blocked the request, holding up other bills, until finally relenting two months later. Then Sen. Brian Joyce (who also represents Canton) blocked the bill, until Sen. Marian Walsh (who also represents Westwood) finally pushed it through on a Friday afternoon this month. No wonder it took Wegmans eight decades to come here.It all just strikes me as standard operating procedure for legislators. On the other hand, this was just odd:
Most enigmatic corporate name change: South Shore Co-operative Bank officials decided that the bank had a few too many words in its name. So as part of a corporate “rebranding,” the Weymouth bank unveiled its new name – “S Bank” – in October. Well, if bank executives wanted a name that people would talk about, they certainly succeeded."S Bank"? Really?
I guess someone made good money coming up with that name.