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David Robinson is the deputy business editor for The News, where has worked since graduating from Syracuse University in 1985. A New Hampshire native, he started out in the News' Tonawanda bureau and moved into the business news department in October 1987, exactly a week after the stock market crash.

Adam Meldrum & Anderson Co. will open a major department store in the Walden Galleria, giving the Cheektowaga shopping mall its seventh anchor tenant, the company president said Thursday.J. Keith Alford, AM&A's president, said the plans for the store still are being prepared, although it probably "will be in excess of 70,000 or 80,000 square feet."Although the 220-sto…

The lack of upscale retailers in the Buffalo area, along with the prospect of tapping an enticing Canadian market, helped convince B. Altman to open a store in the Walden Galleria shopping mall in Cheektowaga, the chain's presi dent said.Jack Schultz, president and chief executive officer of the New York City upscale department store chain, said he thinks the 150,000-…

The business climate in West ern New York cooled off during October, a monthly survey by the Purchasing Management Associa tion of Buffalo found.The survey found that produc tion and new orders fell sharply last month, said Robert E. Schenk, chairman of the group's business survey committee. Just 37 percent of the managers surveyed said production levels improved duri…

American Precision Industries Inc. of Cheektowaga will receive $2.8 million in tax-exempt bond financing to build a new 25,000- square-foot plant in Arcade, com pany and government officials said Wednesday.Robert J. Fierle, the company's chairman and president, said the new plant for its surface mounted devices division will replace a smaller facility that American Pr…

After nearly 2 1/2 years of controversy, Sibley's today opened the first store in the Walden Galleria -- giving shoppers their first glimpse inside the Cheektowaga shopping mall.About 300 people, including some who arrived about 45 minutes early, lined up outside the department store, waiting for the doors to open."I wanted to see what was going on," said Roselyn Gea…

B. Altman, an upscale New York City department store chain, today said it will open a 150,000-square-foot store next August in the Walden Galleria mall in Cheektowaga.B. Altman will be the second-largest store in the $80 million mall, smaller only than the 185,000-square-foot store J.C. Penney plans to open in the shopping center, said Mary Kamien, marketing director …

The federal government should eliminate the "antiquated regula tions" that are keeping commer cial banks from moving into new businesses, the chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet/Norstar Group said here Tuesday.J. Terrence Murray, who as sumed the top position with Nor star Bank's parent company in September, said increased compe tition from foreign companies…

Columbus McKinnon Corp., the Amherst-based chain and hoist manufacturer, said Monday that it has agreed in principle to pay $3.9 million to acquire Positech Corp., an Iowa company that makes ma terials handling equipment.Columbus McKinnon said it has signed an agreement with Pos itech's board of directors and prin cipal shareholders to acquire the Laurens, Iowa, compa…

Stung by a sharp drop in non residential building, construction plunged 23 percent in Erie and Niagara counties in September, an industry survey said.The F.W. Dodge Division of McGraw Hill Inc. reported that the value of all building contracts issued in the two counties in Sep tember fell to $58.1 million, com pared to $75.6 million a year earli er. The overall declin…

A Niagara Falls architect and two other partners plan to build 144 town houses, apartments and single-family homes on Bronson Drive in Lewiston. The development, called Sad dlewood Estates, is expected to in clude 79 town houses, scattered between 14 buildings, and 56 apartments, along with nine sin gle-family homes, said James Travis, one of the partners.Although the…

The Market Arcade 8 movie complex in downtown Buffalo drew 228,000 people during the first six months it was open -- a figure that pleased downtown officials, even though it was be low the project's initial expec tations.Still, Richard T. Reinhard, the executive director of Buffa lo Place Inc., the group that compiled the attendance fig ures, said the cinemas have es …

Alan Glanzberg says it isn't easy for a small shop to make it in downtown Buffalo, but if retailers target the right customers, the owner of the Smarty Pants cloth ing store in the Theater District thinks they can thrive. "You're not going to come downtown and set the world on fire," Glanzberg told about 60 business people who attended a seminar on downtown retailing …

Bush Industries Inc. isn't look ing for a short-term solution to the production troubles that have cut into the Jamestown company's earnings so far this year, a compa ny executive said Tuesday. Instead, Donald Hauck, execu tive vice president of the ready- to-assemble furniture manufactur er, said the company is more in terested in the long-range outlook.And that's…

Two months ago, Louis L. Berger Jr. sat in his downtown office and wondered how the Buf falo area could support all the up scale retailers that reportedly were planning to open stores in the new Walden Galleria mall. But Monday, Berger said he had changed his mind about the Walden Galleria and confirmed that L.L. Berger Inc. plans to open a 25,000-square-foot upsca…

Wilmer V. Driggs knows how to spot a growing market -- and that's why his company wants to build housing for senior citizens who don't want to spend their last years caring for a place of their own. And Driggs' company, Cardinal Industries Inc., isn't alone. A handful of private developers and non-profit groups are showing more interest in building housing for acti…