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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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Danahy's, a 92-year-old local clothing retailer, has moved to a new location. After 20 years in the Northtown Plaza, the women's clothing store has moved to the Piccadilly Plaza, 3206 Sheridan Drive in Amherst between North Bailey Avenue and Sheridan Drive. Opened in 1925, Danahy's spent 72 years on Delaware Avenue before moving to the Northtown Plaza in 1996.

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Families with special needs can have a special visit with Santa at Walden Galleria. Santa Cares caters to families with sensory concerns, such as parents of children with autism. It provides a dedicated time and place for those families to meet with Santa and have their photo taken in a more controlled and less stimulating environment. The events are managed by Cherry H…

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What’s worse than footing the bill when your entire family goes out to dinner? Footing the bill when your kids have only eaten two bites of their meal. That’s why I prefer, whenever possible, not to pay for their meals at all. Fortunately, we’ve got a slew of places in Western New York that offer “kids eat free” specials when you dine in and buy an adult me…

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If you're a Western New Yorker, Perry's Ice Cream likely has a very special place in your heart. The Akron-based company started as a horse-and-cart dairy in 1918, began supplying ice cream treats to school cafeterias in 1932 and started selling pints of ice cream in the 1950s. Today, it cranks out more than 12 million gallons of its ice cream flavors and frozen novelti…

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Tops Holdings, the highly leveraged owner of the Tops Markets supermarket chain, has been added to a list of companies whose debt has been labeled a "concern" by one of the nation's three main credit rating agencies. Tops landed on the list of at-risk retailers because of a distressed debt exchange it completed in August, something Fitch Ratings considers a default. To…

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Tops Markets will close two recently acquired stores outside its Western New York market. Stores in southeast New York and Worcester County, Massachusetts will close by Dec. 30. They were acquired in 2016. The stores were not performing to Tops' standards, the company said; citing the stores' location, size and what they said was a lack of visibility.

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Several area businesses will offer freebies and discounts to active and veteran military personnel this weekend as a small token of appreciation for their service. Proof of service is required. Participating businesses include: Tops Markets will grant veterans and active-duty military an 11 percent discount on their entire bill Saturday. The discount will also appl…

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Once again, Wegmans has nabbed the top spot on Fortune's list, Best Workplaces in Retail. It's the second time the Rochester-based grocer has ranked No. 1.  Winners are chosen based on employee feedback. Wegmans has 46,800 employees; 1,163 of which completed surveys. Wegmans workers who were surveyed gave their employer high marks in all six categories: Great Challe…

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Gymboree, Rue21, Payless ShoeSource, Gander Mountain, The Limited. All of them, and others, filed for bankruptcy this year. Stores are dropping like flies and you can never tell who’s going to be next. Or can you? If you follow credit-rating companies’ risk ratings, you might get an idea. Companies that land on Fitch Ratings’ “bonds of concern” and “loans of…

Metro Mattress has opened a new location in Olean. The mattress and bed showroom is located at 3061 W. State St. in the former Lester's Shoe Fly. It's the company's 11th location in Western New York. The company has 53 locations in the state. Based in Syracuse, the family owned and operated business was established in 1975.

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Aldi will reopen its Depew store Tuesday after being closed for remodeling. The store, at 4931 Transit Road in Depew, has been overhauled with the company's latest decor and layout concept. Improvements include high ceilings and natural lighting as well as expanded produce, dairy and bakery sections. The remodel incorporated environmentally friendly components, inclu…

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Delaware North Cos. has acquired Magicgoal, a quick-service restaurant chain owner based in the United Kingdom. Magicgoal, operates five popular restaurants and food kiosks in railway stations and the ExCel London Exhibition Centre. The concepts include Prime Burger, Chicken Rotisserie and Sandwich & Co. Magicgoal was founded in 2003. The acquisition signals Dela…

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Liberty Yellow Cab has enlisted technology from Cornell University to help it compete with ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft. The Buffalo company has begun using automated call-taking technology called RedRoute to handle about 90 percent of its incoming calls. The system takes live calls from customers requesting rides, creates ride tickets for dispatch and makes customer…

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Man, I love horror movies. “Night of the Living Dead.” “The Lost Boys.” “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” I could go on and on and on; especially during these magical hours before Halloween. Movies Plus was a video rental store near my house when I was a kid that let me rent R-rated films without my parents’ permission. It got to the point where I had seen…

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Third-quarter sales at Fisher-Price were down 15 percent, driven by the poor performance of its Thomas & Friends line, as well as its infant products, parent company Mattel reported. The disappointing results for the East Aurora toy maker were part of a gloomy earnings call outlined Thursday night by Mattel in which an executive also warned of the potential for a "…