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

Fore! McCain Foods has recalled Wegmans O'Brien Hash Browns because they could possibly contain pieces of golf balls. The frozen hash browns could contain hard plastic or rubber pieces that could pose a choking hazard or result in a mouth injury. McCain has received two consumer complaints, but no injuries have been reported. The affected hash browns came in a…

A new reciprocal agreement between the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and two Canadian chambers of commerce was in the works long before President Trump was even a candidate for the White House. But his views on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the potential fallout for international business relationships have made its intent all the more relevant. "It helps…

Lush Cosmetics will temporarily close its doors at Walden Galleria this week and reopen in June with a new design concept. The British beauty shop, known for its unpackaged eco-conscious bath bombs and soaps, will expand its retail space and remodel it using environmentally friendly materials. At 2,500 square feet, the store will be three times the average Lush stor…

Sam Jeffree wasn't sure what to think when he received an email from TruGreen lawn care recently telling him his Verizon.net email address would be discontinued. He hadn't heard a thing about it from Verizon. "You'd think Verizon would alert its customers faster than another business would," said the West Seneca resident. Jeffree is among Verizon email customers …

You’ve probably been there. I know I’ve been there more than once. You do something frugal, only to have it come back and bite you right in the butt. It might be something you think will save you some money, something you think will earn you some money, or something you think will keep you from losing money. Whatever it was, it didn’t pay off. Worse, it backfired.…

Nov. 2, 1928  -  April 22, 2017 Robert F. Utz, a  Marine Corps veteran and retired FBI agent, died in his Grand Island home Saturday after a brief illness. He was 88. A Kenmore native and graduate of Kenmore High School, Mr. Utz enlisted in the Marines in 1946, after the end of World War II. Afterward, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from Colgate Univers…

April 11, 1939 - April 18, 2017 David Foster, co-owner and operator of Foster's Lounge and Johnnie's Golden Gloves, died Tuesday in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 78. One of 12 children, Mr. Foster was born in Birmingham, Ala., where he joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church as a young child and continued to support the church his entire life. He…

Oscar came from a New Jersey kill shelter, with less than 24 hours to live. Molly was skin and bones when she arrived, underweight by at least 200 pounds. Oliver, a thoroughbred chestnut gelding, was a jumper on the A-circuit before he injured his hind leg and was scheduled to be euthanized. After spending time at Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Clare…

And the winner is . . . Orange Crème! Tops Markets has debuted the newest flavor of Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt. The flavor was chosen via an online vote by Tops shoppers during the grocers "Draft the Next Oikos Flavor" promotion. Matthew P. Geiger, an account manager with Danone North America, said Tops was "quintessential" to the promotion's success. The O…

Say bye bye to Bebe. The fashion retailer will shutter all of its brick-and-mortar stores by the end of May, according to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It will then convert to an online-only operation. Bebe has one location left in the Buffalo Niagara market, at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Another store at Walden Galleria closed …

There will be two job fairs to staff seasonal positions within Canalside Management Group. CMG was recently appointed manager of Canalside. The company will also seek small, women- and minority-owned businesses to partner with on the waterfront. Open positions include cashiers, line cooks, bartenders, bar backs, concession cashiers and bar pourers. Staffers will work e…

Who says kids don't read comic books anymore? Pulp 716, an independent comics shop in Lockport, has signed a lease to open a second location on Webster Street in North Tonawanda. "We love the 'Main Street, America' feel of Webster Street," said Jay Bérent, who owns the store with wife Amy. "With the historical Riviera Theatre, all the small shops and families walkin…

EmergenceTek Group, a software development company, has opened its national headquarters in Lafayette Square's Brisbane Building. Founded in 2012, the company has 30 employees. It has vowed to create 40 new high-tech jobs over the next five years in exchange for $500,000 in tax credits through the Empire State Development Corp. The company offers business solutions s…

The Friends of the North Tonawanda Public Library will hold its annual used book sale from May 3 to May 6. Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks are $1, Harlequin-style paperbacks are 50 cents, magazines are 25 cents each or five for $1, CDs and DVDs are $1, and records, audio cassettes and VHS tapes are 25 cents. Friends of the Library members get first crack at the sale fr…

Crunch Fitness has bought all five World Gym locations in the Buffalo Niagara market. The affected gyms are: 5435 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. 1000 Young St. in the City of Tonawanda. 4950 Camp Road in Hamburg. 540 Dick Road in Depew. 2429 Military Road in Niagara Falls. The change went into effect Tuesday. Going forward, the World Gym locations will o…