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  After being ravaged by a fire (right), Armata’s will eventually move back into a rebuilt plaza (rendering above).
with her team as they move into Village Food Mart in Hampden. A second location was always a possibility, but the opportunity had to be right before jumping in.
“The fire isn’t the only reason we went to Hamp- den. I would like to believe that, if we still had Arma- ta’s standing today, we still would have taken up the opportunity,” she said. “I think Hampden Village Food Mart resonates a lot with me because it is very similar to Armata’s in many ways, so that’s the kind of opportunity that I was looking for — I didn’t want to
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just take the first opportunity that came to me. It had to be something that was going to align with what we had built for the brand of Armata’s.”
Barone agreed. If it wasn’t for the support of locals and outside shoppers, there wouldn’t be such a push for the small market to come back.
“They’re very much aware that when your small business does well, it gives back to the commu- nity, and then the needs of the community are met. That’s the beauty of small towns. It speaks volumes for Armata’s, and it speaks volumes for the people in
They’re very much aware
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that when your small business does well, it gives back to the community, and then the needs of
the community are met. That’s the beauty of small towns.”
the town of Longmeadow,” Barone said. “Everybody longs for them to come back. So instead of going to that little corner, we have to go up the street to the Longmeadow Shops, and there’s some great restau- rants there. It’s a change in routine. We just have to wait and see what’s to come in the new phase.” u
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