With its central location and proximity to major thoroughfares, South Hadley offers easy access to many regional shopping destinations. However, it also offers a diversity of shopping, entertainment, eating, and office destinations ranging from the Village Commons in the Town Center to the South Hadley Falls Business District. Many retail shops are located in these centers and districts as well as a dozen restaurants and a 2-screen cinema which provides access to first run movies.
Business Sector Contributions
With over 90% of the tax base derived from residential property, the business sector does not comprise a large portion of the community, but it does contribute significantly to the community's character. The businesses offer a variety of employment and business opportunities as well as goods and services for consumers.
As diverse as the manufacturer of specialty papers and films to a world renowned educational institution, the principal employers in South Hadley are wide ranging. With proximity to employment centers throughout New England, it is no surprise that South Hadley residents have usually enjoyed a relatively low unemployment rate.
Chamber of Commerce
South Hadley has a Chamber of Commerce which promotes the local business interests and offers information on the community.