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NORTH BUFFALO JUBILEE TO CLOSE

A Jubilee supermarket on Kenmore Avenue in North Buffalo will close in late December, the store's co-owner said.

"It's an economic issue," said Michael Fabiniak, who owns the store with his father, Ray. "It's reflective of the Buffalo area."

The Kenmore Avenue store, located west of Englewood Avenue, employs 75 full- and part-time people. The Fabiniaks bought it in 2000 from Fleming Cos., which was selling about 35 corporate-owned stores at the time.

In 1992, the store's banner was changed to Jubilee from Super Duper, as part of a rebranding effort by Scrivner Group. Three years later, Scrivner bought the North Buffalo store from a franchisee. It became a Fleming property when Fleming acquired Scrivner.

The store in 1997 underwent renovations that added more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and five new aisles of grocery products and general merchandise.

This will be the third Jubilee store in Erie County to close this year. A store in Clarence, run by a different owner, closed in March. And in April, the Fabiniaks closed a Jubilee they owned on North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park.

The Fabiniaks also own a Jubilee in Batavia that will remain open.

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