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Tops to open store at site of former Sanborn Marketplace

Tops Friendly Markets will open a new store in a Benderson Development-owned plaza at 2956 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn.

The store was formerly Sanborn Marketplace, which lost its lease. It had been independently owned since 1965.

Tops will renovate the property and expand it into neighboring space in the plaza, doubling it from 6,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet. The store is closed while it undergoes a $1.5 million renovation and will reopen in March or April.

Tops took over another store in Warren, Pa. It is planning a $1.4 million renovation of the store, which was formerly a Thorne’s Market. The store has an existing attached fueling station.

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Corningware, Corelle & More has opened in the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. The store sells cookware, cutlery and other kitchen goods. It is located in the mall’s new wing near Christopher and Banks.

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Great Harvest Bread Co. has closed its location in the Village of Hamburg.

It was a Montana-based bakery franchise. The closest location is now in Rochester. Its former space, at 18 Buffalo St., is up for lease.

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The Orchard Park Antique Mall has closed, but several vendors have relocated their antiques and collectibles to the McKinley Mall.

Robert Gott, owner of the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, has added space in the retail portion of his school to accommodate display cases from the Antique Mall. Vendors have relocated their wares there, and Gott’s staff handles sales transactions.

The store, inside the Red Dragon School, is located near Sears.

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Staub Square, a retail center at 1 Buffalo St. in Hamburg, has shuffled some of its stores.

Ray Crinzi Jewelers has moved from the Staub Square Atrium to a new spot at 21 Buffalo St. Another Staub Square retailer, Lodgical, has moved into Crinzi’s old space, which is about 45 percent bigger than its original location. Lodgical sells Adirondack-inspired specialty foods and giftware made in the United States. Lodgical’s old space is up for lease.

Also in the Atrium, Village Sweet Shoppe has changed its name to Highland House Candies. The confectioner bought the fondly remembered candy shop’s name and some of its recipes and officially made the switch last month. Highland House Candies was first established in the 1950s in the basement of founder Genevieve Carr’s Highland Avenue home. Carr and her son, Dick, eventually opened retail stores in Hamburg and East Aurora and Highland House became a household name among locals.

Sweet Pea bakery opened in Staub Square last month, near Prima Oliva. Sweet Pea specializes in gluten-free baked goods.

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Tattler’s Lane Bridal, a well-known bridal shop in Niagara Falls, has changed hands.

The new owner, Krystle Smolinski, took over in fall. The shop, at 1519 Pine Ave., has been in business for nearly 70 years.

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The third annual Shop South Buffalo event will showcase nearly 40 merchants in the shopping districts on Abbott Road, Seneca Street and South Park Avenue.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. A complimentary shuttle will take shoppers from one shopping district to another, and merchants will be running special promotions and discounts. Storefronts will be decorated for Christmas and Santa Claus will be making the rounds.

It starts at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, with live music from Pure Magic, Mount Mercy Academy’s show choir, beginning at 5 p.m. The evening will end with a gathering at the New Doc Sullivan’s, 474 Abbott Road, with live music and a free basket raffle.

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Beach Bum Glass Cottage has opened at 38 Main St. in Hamburg. The store sells handcrafted jewelry, artwork and home decor made from real beach glass and driftwood harvested from Lake Erie. The owner and artist is Rebecca Ruger Wightman.

The space was formerly an expanded portion of Coyote Cafe, dubbed Jaxon’s Lounge. The store is still accessible from the restaurant but also has its own entrance on Main Street.

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Tipico Coffee, a gourmet cafe featuring a regionally sourced food and beverage menu, has opened on the city’s West Side at 128 Fargo Ave.

Owner Jesse Crouse said he wanted to bring world-class coffee and cuisine to Buffalo, without the hefty price tags found in bigger cities.

The cafe sells coffee, tea and food, including bread from local bakery Breadhive. It said 90 percent of its food comes from New York state farmers and suppliers.

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Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center is booking rooms for its soft opening scheduled for fall 2016.

The new hotel, in the reimagined Richardson Olmsted complex and former mental health asylum, is selling packages for $250, which include $100 toward dining at 100 Acres, the hotel’s restaurant and food-service operation.

Guests will be asked to share feedback about their stay that Hotel Henry says will shape operations at the resort.

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AMZ Wholesale, an auction house in the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, has added a U-Haul dealership.

The company, at 1430 Clinton St., signed on about a month ago as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer with U-Haul Co. of New York and Vermont. It now rents trucks, towing equipment, support accessories and offers in-store box pickup. It will also offer after-hours drop-off.

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Dryer Vent Wizard, a Michigan-based franchise that cleans and installs clothes dryer vents, has a new location in East Aurora, run by franchisee Jon Martin.

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