Ticker: Workspace grants up for grabs; Pending home sales rebound; Dominoes to deliver carside

State grants of up to $100,000 to plan, develop and build out collaborative workspaces are up for grabs again under a program that has dished out $8.4 million to 136 applicants during its first four rounds of activity.

MassDevelopment on Monday announced that responses to the fifth round of grants under the Collaborative Workspaces Program are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 10.

Program supporters say collaborative workspaces will remain an important part of the business landscape in Massachusetts as companies, employees and contractors adjust to working in environments with safety protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

“As these spaces begin opening their doors again, these grants will help ensure that they can operate safely, comply with mandatory safety standards, and support the recovery by accelerating job creation and entrepreneurial activity,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy.

Pending home sales rebound

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rebounded a record 44.3% in May after a record-breaking decline the previous month, as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic sidelined both buyers and sellers.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its index of pending sales rose to 99.6 in May, the highest month-over-month gain in the index since since its inception in January 2001. The pending home sales index plunged 21.8% from March to April to a level of 69.

Domino’s launches carside delivery 

Domino’s Pizza is now offering carside delivery service, allowing customers to stay in their cars while one of the pizza company’s workers delivers their order to them.

The chain said Monday that customers can choose the new contactless carryout option when placing a prepaid order online. It is available in U.S. stores.

When a customer places a carside delivery order online, they’ll be prompted to add their vehicle color, make and model, which will be used to identify them when they arrive at the store. Customers can also choose where they’d like their order placed – the passenger side, back seat, trunk or the option to decide when they arrive.

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