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July 1980: Buffalo's downtown merchants group branches out to the 'burbs

Thirty-five years ago this week, The News began celebrating the 100th anniversary of the paper's starting a daily edition.

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In the special section called One Hundred Years of Finance and Commerce, The News recounted the history of a handful of Buffalo’s financial and commercial industries and provided ad space for many companies involved in those industries to tout their own contributions.

The Downtown Retail Merchants Association was a driving force in getting shoppers downtown, making sure they stayed there and making sure they shopped in multiple stores.

In 1978, the group’s name was changed to the Western New York Retail Merchants Association, with the focus changed from keeping shoppers downtown — which was looking more and more like a lost cause in the late '70s -- to making sure that people continued to shop throughout Western New York.

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