Our roundup of the latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Small businesses get COVID-19 relief
Nine more Natick small businesses have been named as recipients of state COVID-19 relief grants.
The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $64 million in awards to 1,312 additional businesses in the seventh round of COVID relief grants administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). Each business meets sector and demographic priorities set for the two grant programs.
Natick businesses reaped a total of $675,000 in grants during this round, each for $75K.
Awardees aren’t always obvious from the legal names listed in the awards spreadsheet, but a little searching shows restaurants such as Agostino’s restaurant and Natick Mall’s Kung Fu Tea are on the list, along with a few gyms.
Lawyer joins Natick Economic Development Committee
Andreia Precoma, a Natick lawyer, has been appointed to the town’s Economic Development Committee.
The committee is an advisory board tasked with attracting business development in Natick to maximize tax revenue and generate job opportunities, among other things.
Precoma told the Select Board that she hopes her legal expertise will be a useful asset for the committee.
About that Huck Saxe Boulevard sign
Have you ever wondered about that brown-and-gold Huck Saxe Boulevard Memorial Way sign at the northeast corner of North Avenue and Walnut Street in Natick?
It’s no coincidence that the sign, erected in late 2019, stands across from Natick Outdoor Store.
WWII veteran Haskell “Huck” Saxe founded Natick Outdoor Store as an Army-Navy surplus business in 1947, and the original store was in Framingham. The Natick store opened in 1978 on the site of an old grocery business and is run by Saxe’s son-in-law Henry Kanner.
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Dennis McCormick says
Good story! Love Natick history. I wouldn’t giveup the Outdoor Store, but because it used to be a grocery store—what if it were a Trader Joe’s?