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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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The former flagship Record Theatre store is one of several properties up for sale to settle the estate of Leonard Silver, the store's late owner who died in March. In all, five properties at the corner of Main Street and Lafayette Avenue will be sold at private auction. Included are the iconic, 28,560-square-foot store at 1768 Main St., a 5,470-square-foot former garage…

MJ Mechanical Services, a design-build mechanical contractor, has acquired Northeast Mechanical, a Depew-based installer of commercial and residential HVAC systems. Roger Hoffman, Northeast Mechanical's prior owner, will stay on with his staff of 60 employees at the Depew facility through the transition. Over the next year, the Depew operations will be integrated into M…

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Noco Express has been named one of the top 10 gas stations in the country by users of the GasBuddy App. The Town of Tonawanda-based company landed at number 10 on the list, which was compiled using customer rankings across several categories throughout 2017. Texas-based Buc-ee's topped the list, followed by Kelley's Market in Illinois, Kwik Trip in Wisconsin and QuikTri…

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Relax. Your kids are probably not eating Tide pods. I mean, they might be, but even if they are, laundry detergent is still probably one of the least dangerous consumer products you have to worry about your kids getting their hands on around the house. In case you haven’t heard, there’s this viral phenomenon on social media called the "Tide Pod Challenge” that has pa…

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Walmart will host free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at all its Western New York stores in observance of the retailer's first Walmart Wellness Day event. Free screening types will include: Blood glucose Blood pressure Body mass index There will also be: Low-cost immunizations A virtual-reality smoking cessation exercise Free …

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Delaware North Cos. will acquire Mardi Gras Casino & Resort near Charleston in West Virginia. Mardi Gras has table games, slot machines, live greyhound racing, off-track betting for greyhound and horse racing, as well as restaurants and a hotel. The move will beef up the Buffalo-based hospitality and food company's gaming portfolio, which includes properties in New …

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The Whole Foods store in Amherst seems to be avoiding rampant out-of-stock issues that are affecting stores elsewhere in the country. Shelves at the Sheridan Drive store were stocked to normal levels Thursday morning and employees said the store hasn't experienced any inventory disruptions out of the ordinary for the winter growing season. There were some product holes,…

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Wegmans and Publix are America's favorite grocery stores, according to a survey of 12,774 shoppers conducted by Market Force Information, a retail consulting firm. It's Wegmans' second year at the top. Trader Joe's had held the lead for several years until being bested by Wegmans in 2016. The Rochester-based Wegmans and Florida-based Publix tied for first place with a 7…

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Labatt USA's parent company will swap out CEOs next month as it prepares to change course. Kris Sirchio will step down as CEO of Rochester-based North American Breweries after about four years in the role. Adrián Lachowski, who previously oversaw the company's beer business in Central America, will take his place beginning in February. The change comes as North A…

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Uber has crunched some numbers on its first six months in Buffalo and compiled a list of its top 10 drop-off destinations in the region. They are: Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga Greyhound Bus Station, 181 Ellicott St. New Era Field in Orchard Park Falley Allen, a bar and restaurant at 204 Allen St. University at Buffalo's Ellicott …

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Weber's Mustard is back on shelves at BJ's Wholesale Clubs in the Buffalo Niagara market, following an outcry from local foodies. The Western New York favorite had been discontinued at BJ's locations in Amherst, Clarence, Hamburg and Olean; the only stores where it was carried by the national chain. But shortly after a story ran on BuffaloNews.com, and a post went vi…

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North Park Florist, a 30-year-old stalwart on Hertel Avenue, is getting into one of the fastest-growing segments in the retail industry: the subscription box. Dubbed Love. Local. Me., each box gathers sample and full-sized products from Buffalo-based companies such as Buffalo Gal Organics and Whimsy Confections. Subscribers receive a new box each month with a different …

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Weber's Mustard's bottom line has taken a hit with the loss of BJ's Wholesale Club, its fourth-largest account. The loss of the BJ's account is just the latest illustration of how the retail market has gotten tougher for local food manufacturers. Large national chains such as Whole Foods, Aldi and Price Rite have displaced smaller, local grocers; and big boxes such as W…

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What if I told you there’s a modern-day equivalent of AM&As, and there’s a chance it might be headed for the Buffalo Niagara retail market? It’s called Boscov’s, and Buffalonians in the know are going gaga for it. Once it’s on your radar, you might find yourself lobbying its corporate office for a Buffalo location to call your own, much like fans of Trader Joe’s,…

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Bon-Ton is wooing bridal customers with an updated digital wedding gift registry and mobile app. The new app allows customers to start registries, register for gifts online and scan items at the store using a smartphone. Updates to the website and app also help couples better manage and track gifts, thank gift givers and share registries on social media. The departme…