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

Thousands of people are expected to filter into Buffalo this week to attend the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament at KeyBank Center, and all those people are going to need someplace to stay. Prices at downtown hotels reflect the demand.  The influx is expected to peak Wednesday and Thursday, the day before and the day of the tournament's start. The sports t…

Jan. 18, 1927  -  March 10, 2017 Leonard "Lenny" Silver, founder of Record Theatre, one of the longest-running independent record stores in the country, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 90. The Rochester native started his career as a stockboy in the basement of a local record store before joining the Navy at the age of 17.…

Erin go brrragh! St. Patrick's Day Parade revelers in the Old Neighborhood braved icy winds and temperatures that felt like 4 degrees Saturday, but at least they had more elbow room than usual. The cold weather kept a lot of people home. [PHOTO GALLERY: "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade] But the diehards were out in force, sporting everything from the u…

There are just a few days until St. Patrick’s Day, and while I don’t have a pot of gold for you, I do have a few suggestions on how to save some green. Some tips will save you more money than others, but none of them require setting down your beer. Slainte! • Buy generic. Except for a few notable exceptions (Jif peanut butter, Perry’s ice cream, Softlips lip …

Danny Daniele fondly remembers rolling through Delta Sonic car washes as a kid – him in the backseat, his parents in the front. Today, he's driving forward with his own string of car washes that put him in direct competition with Delta Sonic in Rochester and, soon, in Buffalo. Royal Car Wash will construct its first local car wash on vacant land at 6645 Transit Road…

Red Siren, an upscale lifestyle boutique, will have a pop-up shop in the Elmwood Village. A pop-up shop is a temporary retail space that can be used to create excitement about an existing brand, or to test the market for a future, permanent retail store. It has yet to be determined how long the store will remain open. The second Red Siren store will pop up in the fo…

For the 20th year in a row, Wegmans has been named one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. It ranked second on the list this year, landing just behind Google. That's up two spots from 2016, and up from the number 7 spot two years ago. The company was also designated one of 12 Great Place to Work Legends, having been named to the list every year since the lis…

The wait is almost over for fans of Neo Gift Studio. The store will soon reopen in its new location at 905 Elmwood Ave. after a monthlong hiatus as it moved from its former home at 512 Elmwood Ave. It's situated on the corner of West Delavan in Ellicott Development's newly built, 44,000-square-foot mixed-use complex. Neo is waiting for a few last-minute things befor…

It took more than a year for Wegmans to let customers dip their chip cards when they check out. But the company hopes the long delay in getting chip readers working will mean less time in the checkout line for customers. Retailers became liable in October 2015 for fraudulent charges if they were not processed on a working chip terminal. Despite that deadline, many co…

I know you’re not supposed to admit to liking reality television, but guess what: I’m a reality TV junkie and I don’t care who knows it. Give me a couch, a blanket and a subscription to Bravo TV and all is right in my world. I even watch “The People’s Couch,” which is a reality show about people sitting on a couch watching reality shows! Listen, if millio…

A plastics manufacturing plant in Niagara Falls that had once threatened to move to Indiana has completed an $11.7 million expansion that will keep it on Highland Avenue. Tulip Molded Plastics Corp.'s 82,500-square-foot facility will replace its 113-year-old factory and house a streamlined version of the company's thermoplastic injection molding operation. The company t…

Latina Boulevard Foods has swallowed up Maple Leaf Foods. The two food distributors completed an asset purchase agreement last month. Latina is in the process of transferring Maple Leaf's operations and employees to its expanded facility on Scrivner Drive in Cheektowaga. That site is poised for a major expansion, with an $11 million project proposed that will more than…

Fashionistas rejoice: Zara is coming to Walden Galleria. The trendy, fast-fashion store is scheduled to open this winter. It will fill 30,309 square feet and two floors. The mall declined to say where the new store will be located, but it will likely replace the Sears store that is slated to close mid-April. Until now, the closest Zara store has been over the border …

The Market in the Square's meat department has been overhauled to introduce new, designer beef. Beginning Wednesday, the West Seneca grocery store will primarily sell Simply Essentials beef, which it says is healthier and better tasting than regular beef. The Simply Essentials program has been in development for 15 years. The steers in the program are fed a propri…

Coffee Crazy, a K-Cup retailer, will open its second location this week. The store will be located at 4401 Transit Road in Clarence near Eastern Hills Mall. Its current store is located at 4232 Delaware Ave. in Tonawanda. The store sells individual K-Cups to be used in single-brew coffee machines. It sells more than 350 varieties of coffee, such as Banana Fosters Fl…