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

Tops Markets said Thursday it will offer more promotions in the face of first-quarter losses. The Amherst-based grocer blamed a lull in store traffic, price deflation and reduced federal funding of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for its 3.4 percent decline in comparable same-store sales in the first quarter. "The first quarter certainly had its challe…

Retailers are being shuffled at Walden Galleria to make room for the highly anticipated Zara store. White House Black Market, currently on the first floor between H&M and Pottery Barn, will move, as will Free People, next door. Banana Republic, located next to Free People, will close June 26. Upstairs is space vacated by Aeropostale. White House Black Market had spa…

Checkers restaurant will open a new location in Depew at the corner of Transit Road and Walden Avenue. It's the first Checkers restaurant for franchisee and Clarence resident Meghna Malik, who expects to open several more in Western New York over the next few years. She's hoping to open by the end of the month. It will employ up to 50 people. Checkers has four stores…

Ride-hailing services such as Uber will be legal in New York State beginning June 29, and rules are now in place to regulate the new industry. Laws for ride-hailing companies include: Companies must have an app that connects drivers with passengers. They must submit an application to the Department of Motor Vehicles with a $100,000 application fee. If the applic…

Tops has completed its acquisition of the Shurfine store on Route 5 in Angola and will begin converting it to the Tops banner, the company said. The store, at 9049 Erie Road, brings the number of Tops' corporate-owned locations to 173 in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts. Shurfine employees will be offered employment at the Tops store. The Amherst-bas…

In the 1940s, a teenaged Norma Unher worked at Siegel's Millinery on Main Street for 35 cents an hour. She and her friends would go to lunch at either MacDoel's or the Oppenheim Collins' Top of the Town restaurant. "We would order shrimp salads, tasting shrimp for the first time and dreaming of it ever after," Unher wrote. They always wore hats and gloves, dresses, s…

Don't get too excited about that "Chick-fil-A" sign in Sanborn. The mysterious sign, which appeared a few days ago on Saunders Settlement Road near Niagara County Community College, is very real. But Chick-fil-A did not put it there. That doesn't mean chicken fans should despair. Chick-fil-A is coming, and coming soon, just like the sign says. But it's coming to C…

Fisher-Price is looking for some very special child models. The East Aurora toy maker will hold a casting call for children with disabilities aged 5 and younger at its professional photo studio, where marketing and advertising photos are taken. The casting call will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 at the company's headquarters, 636 Girard Ave. The children…

It's National Doughnut Day once again: the day we remember the Salvation Army's doughnut servers who brought relief to troops during World War I. We do so by stuffing our faces with free donuts. Here's how to get in on the action: Donut Kraze is giving one free doughnut per person. No purchase necessary. It has locations on Dingens Street and in the Town of Tonawan…

A Payless shoe store in Dunkirk has just been added to a list of locations the company will close. The Kansas-based chain previously announced the closing of 400 stores, which included ones in North Tonawanda, Hamburg, East Aurora, Amherst and Clarence. Now, an additional 408 stores have been added to the chopping block, including the one in Dunkirk's Vineyard Plaza, 39…

Open any refrigerator in Western New York and, there on the door, you'll see a red-topped jar of Weber's Horseradish Mustard. Weber's has had a loyal following since 1922, when Joseph Weber and John Heintz founded Heintz & Weber Co. The company got its start at a stand in the Broadway Market and thrived until the 1970s and 1980s, when it hit a rough patch that by al…

State Police in Boston charged an Arcade man with felony DWI and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop Sunday in Sardinia. Michael Goss, 51, of Liberty Street, was stopped for speeding on State Route 39 in the Town of Sardinia. After smelling alcohol, troopers asked Goss to perform sobriety tests, which he failed, state police said. While being arrested for DWI, …

Authorities have identified the man involved in Sunday morning's police standoff in South Buffalo. Martin Lachance, 35 of Duerstein Street, faces a slew of charges as a result of the standoff, which began as a domestic incident. The female victim involved in the crime reported being held against her will for 12 hours, during which she says she was hit with a hammer, …

A 42-year-old Buffalo man died in a roll-over crash Monday afternoon on Dupont Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Buffalo police said. Investigators said in a statement Tuesday that a Chrysler Sebring the man was driving "apparently" ran a stop sign at the intersection and was hit by a second vehicle just before 6 p.m. The Sebring flipped over and the driver was ejected, poli…

The motorcyclist who died at the scene of a crash on Royalton Center Road Monday was identified as Jason W. Clark, 36, of the Town of Royalton, by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Clark was driving northbound and struck a southbound truck which was turning into a driveway at about 5 p.m.,  sheriff's officials said. Clark died on impact, according to the sheriff's …