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Samantha Christmann

I cover retail for the Buffalo News and write the Discount Diva column each Monday.


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Bon-Ton will close at least 40 stores through next year, the company said. The company has not yet released a list of locations it plans to shutter, so it's not yet clear whether any of Western New York's eight stores will be affected. The department store has struggled with declining sales and a high debt load. The company lost $135.4 million during the first three …

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Runner's Roost, a popular athletic footwear store in Orchard Park, has been bought out by one of its employees. Michelle Fox, who has worked at the store for 10 years, acquired 100 percent of D.J.B. Shoes' stock. D.J.B. Shoes is Runner's Roost's parent company. Fox, an experienced runner, said she will keep the store's "core values and traditions" alive and does not …

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When Greg Stennis opened his bar, J.P. Dwyer’s, on Webster Street in 1997, the street was a shell of its former glory. Gone were the days when men and women would ride the Carpenter Line bus to downtown North Tonawanda for a fountain soda at the Sugar Bowl or shop at G.C. Murphy Co. Retail and restaurants had moved to shopping malls and strip plazas. As was the case w…

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Grocery delivery has officially gone live at Tops Markets. The Amherst-based grocer partnered with Instacart, a third-party smartphone app that sends independent contractors to the stores to shop customers' lists. Deliveries are made in as little as an hour. Customers can enter their ZIP code into the Tops website, TopsMarkets.com/Instacart, to see if the service is…

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A Christian apparel store will test the retail waters this holiday season at Chautauqua Mall. Welcome to the Revival will have a seasonal space at the mall, launching on Thanksgiving night and running through Dec. 31. It will sell shirts, hoodies, bracelets and tote bags and plans to expand its offerings. Proceeds will go toward local churches. The store will be loca…

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NOCO Express has acquired a Sanborn gas station and convenience store, the former Bailly's Sunoco at 3821 Lockport Road. The 4,250-square-foot store, which lies at an intersection with Shawnee Road, will undergo renovations this winter to freshen its look and expand its grab-and-go selection from the company's Nickel City Foods brand. The store and gas pumps will stay o…

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Bikram, a gas station at 265 Delaware St. in the City of Tonawanda, has signed with U-Haul to become a neighborhood dealer. The location will offer U-Haul products and services such as truck, trailer and towing equipment rental, along with moving supplies and in-store box pick-up. It will also offer U-Haul Truck Share 24/7, a self-service program which allows renters to…

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Tristan Lambright, the smiling streaker who livened up Sunday's stinker of a Buffalo Bills football game by baring his tight end, is encouraging fans to cover up for a good cause. He will lend his likeness to a T-shirt from Park Avenue Imprints, with some proceeds going to the City Mission. The blue shirt bears Lambright's silhouette with a red streak emanating from hi…

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Danahy's, a 92-year-old local clothing retailer, has moved to a new location. After 20 years in the Northtown Plaza, the women's clothing store has moved to the Piccadilly Plaza, 3206 Sheridan Drive in Amherst between North Bailey Avenue and Sheridan Drive. Opened in 1925, Danahy's spent 72 years on Delaware Avenue before moving to the Northtown Plaza in 1996.

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Families with special needs can have a special visit with Santa at Walden Galleria. Santa Cares caters to families with sensory concerns, such as parents of children with autism. It provides a dedicated time and place for those families to meet with Santa and have their photo taken in a more controlled and less stimulating environment. The events are managed by Cherry H…

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What’s worse than footing the bill when your entire family goes out to dinner? Footing the bill when your kids have only eaten two bites of their meal. That’s why I prefer, whenever possible, not to pay for their meals at all. Fortunately, we’ve got a slew of places in Western New York that offer “kids eat free” specials when you dine in and buy an adult me…

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If you're a Western New Yorker, Perry's Ice Cream likely has a very special place in your heart. The Akron-based company started as a horse-and-cart dairy in 1918, began supplying ice cream treats to school cafeterias in 1932 and started selling pints of ice cream in the 1950s. Today, it cranks out more than 12 million gallons of its ice cream flavors and frozen novelti…

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Tops Holdings, the highly leveraged owner of the Tops Markets supermarket chain, has been added to a list of companies whose debt has been labeled a "concern" by one of the nation's three main credit rating agencies. Tops landed on the list of at-risk retailers because of a distressed debt exchange it completed in August, something Fitch Ratings considers a default. To…

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Tops Markets will close two recently acquired stores outside its Western New York market. Stores in southeast New York and Worcester County, Massachusetts will close by Dec. 30. They were acquired in 2016. The stores were not performing to Tops' standards, the company said; citing the stores' location, size and what they said was a lack of visibility.

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Several area businesses will offer freebies and discounts to active and veteran military personnel this weekend as a small token of appreciation for their service. Proof of service is required. Participating businesses include: Tops Markets will grant veterans and active-duty military an 11 percent discount on their entire bill Saturday. The discount will also appl…