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Samantha Christmann

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


Don't call it a food court. The food hall planned for a former Red Lobster storefront outside the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is a destination in itself, says its developer, the Niagara Falls-based Mercado Development. Dubbed Hip City, the "chef-driven" food hall will host a mix of local and regional eateries that will share communal dining space. At 16,000 squa…

A Buffalo man drove a pickup into 11 parked cars on Taft Place south of Hertel Avenue early Saturday morning, Buffalo police reported, an incident that highlighted neighborhood displeasure with what residents say are overflow problems from a nearby strip club. Joshua Jones, 36 of Buffalo, allegedly sideswiped and crashed into the cars with his Dodge Ram after leaving th…

The new Whole Foods store in Amherst seemed to have everything when it opened Friday. Customers marveled over giant jackfruit, plucked ripe pluots and even snapped up living, breathing Venus flytraps. But not many shoppers noticed that one of the rarest, most exotic species of all was right under their noses: a Real Housewife of New Jersey. Rosie Pierri wasn't at the…

Rob O'Connor was happy chopping fruit and making guacamole at his job at Whole Foods in Rhode Island, but Western New York still tugged on his heart. So, when he heard his employer would open its first store in the Buffalo region, he jumped at the chance to transfer back home. He's not alone. When Whole Foods opened its first local store to much fanfare in Amherst on Fr…

Raise a glass, Hofbrauhaus fans. The German-style beer hall has secured its required number of investors for the new downtown location and is on track for a spring opening, according to franchise owner Kevin Townsell. There are a "handful" of shares still available for accredited investors, running $50,000 apiece. But enough have been secured that the company can move f…

Whole Foods opened its doors in Amherst this morning to a line of customers eager to check out the grocer's first store in Buffalo Niagara. About 400 people extended across the front of the store shortly before it opened as customers waited to be the first inside. The grocery store, which features a bocce court and a pool table, as well as a lineup of organic products,…

Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart, a 31-year-old craft store that closed this week, will reopen for one last time Saturday, the company announced on its Facebook page Thursday. Dubbed an "appreciation day," the store will hold a 70 percent off sale. "We are immensely grateful for the gracious and in many instances personal messages delivered to us by telephone, email and …

After 31 years in business, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has closed its doors. The store displayed elaborate, working model trainsets and sold slot cars, dollhouses, miniatures, model airplanes and other pastime products. It was known for its restored 1949 train caboose parked out front. That caboose is now listed for sale on SterlingRail.com for $85,000. For mo…

The University at Buffalo and its Blackstone LaunchPad program will hold UB's first Entrepreneurs Festival Thursday. The festival is geared toward entrepreneurs at any stage of business development. It will feature entrepreneurship demonstrations, networking and a talk with Lloyd Taco Factory co-founder Pete Cimino. It will wrap up with Pitch Wars, an idea-pitch competi…

Whole Foods will open in Amherst this week, and Western New York shoppers could not be more divided in their opinions of it. On one side, there are the die-hard fans extolling the Texas-based grocer’s selection, quality and commitment to healthy food; declaring it a gem too astonishing for Tops, Wegmans and ALDI shoppers to appreciate. On the other side are those c…

Rick Cohen had planned to repaint the screens at his Transit Drive-In Theatre this year, as well as improve its landscaping and pave the front entrance. But those improvements will have to wait. The theater has had its worst season in years, thanks to this year’s windy, rainy weather. There was only one rain-free weekend during its peak season. “It’s not easy, espec…

I am never going to the grocery store again. I finally just had my first ever home delivery, and it was magic. Dash’s Markets, Price Rite and Wegmans all offer grocery delivery in various parts of Western New York now. Whole Foods and Tops will offer it soon. Walmart, BJ’s and Sam’s Club offer pickup. I work full time, have two small kids, a home and yard to take …

Benderson Development has purchased the Macy's Men's Store property at Boulevard Mall in Amherst for $4.25 million from Macy's Retail Holdings. For now, Macy's will lease the space from Benderson and the Macy's Men's Store will remain open. "We feel it’s incredibly well positioned real estate and love that the building has its own separate identity, great visibilit…

What kind of wine pairs well with Wegmans Market Cafe sushi? Customers of the store at 675 Alberta Drive in Amherst will likely soon find out. The grocer has applied for approval from the state liquor authority to sell single-serve wine and beer at that location. Wegmans hopes to hear back on its application within a month. The drinks would be available from a refrig…

Walden Galleria is almost done crossing projects off its summer to-do list. Novelty gift shop and apparel retailer BoxLunch has opened on the upper level near J.C. Penney. It sells licensed and non-licensed pop culture merchandise such as "Game of Thrones" T-shirts, Harry Potter mugs and Star Wars waffle makers. For every $10 spent in the store, the company donates mo…