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Samantha Christmann

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

Nov. 2, 1928  -  April 22, 2017 Robert F. Utz, a  Marine Corps veteran and retired FBI agent, died in his Grand Island home Saturday after a brief illness. He was 88. A Kenmore native and graduate of Kenmore High School, Mr. Utz enlisted in the Marines in 1946, after the end of World War II. Afterward, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from Colgate Univers…

April 11, 1939 - April 18, 2017 David Foster, co-owner and operator of Foster's Lounge and Johnnie's Golden Gloves, died Tuesday in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 78. One of 12 children, Mr. Foster was born in Birmingham, Ala., where he joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church as a young child and continued to support the church his entire life. He…

Oscar came from a New Jersey kill shelter, with less than 24 hours to live. Molly was skin and bones when she arrived, underweight by at least 200 pounds. Oliver, a thoroughbred chestnut gelding, was a jumper on the A-circuit before he injured his hind leg and was scheduled to be euthanized. After spending time at Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Clare…

And the winner is . . . Orange Crème! Tops Markets has debuted the newest flavor of Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt. The flavor was chosen via an online vote by Tops shoppers during the grocers "Draft the Next Oikos Flavor" promotion. Matthew P. Geiger, an account manager with Danone North America, said Tops was "quintessential" to the promotion's success. The O…

Say bye bye to Bebe. The fashion retailer will shutter all of its brick-and-mortar stores by the end of May, according to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It will then convert to an online-only operation. Bebe has one location left in the Buffalo Niagara market, at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Another store at Walden Galleria closed …

There will be two job fairs to staff seasonal positions within Canalside Management Group. CMG was recently appointed manager of Canalside. The company will also seek small, women- and minority-owned businesses to partner with on the waterfront. Open positions include cashiers, line cooks, bartenders, bar backs, concession cashiers and bar pourers. Staffers will work e…

Who says kids don't read comic books anymore? Pulp 716, an independent comics shop in Lockport, has signed a lease to open a second location on Webster Street in North Tonawanda. "We love the 'Main Street, America' feel of Webster Street," said Jay Bérent, who owns the store with wife Amy. "With the historical Riviera Theatre, all the small shops and families walkin…

EmergenceTek Group, a software development company, has opened its national headquarters in Lafayette Square's Brisbane Building. Founded in 2012, the company has 30 employees. It has vowed to create 40 new high-tech jobs over the next five years in exchange for $500,000 in tax credits through the Empire State Development Corp. The company offers business solutions s…

The Friends of the North Tonawanda Public Library will hold its annual used book sale from May 3 to May 6. Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks are $1, Harlequin-style paperbacks are 50 cents, magazines are 25 cents each or five for $1, CDs and DVDs are $1, and records, audio cassettes and VHS tapes are 25 cents. Friends of the Library members get first crack at the sale fr…

Crunch Fitness has bought all five World Gym locations in the Buffalo Niagara market. The affected gyms are: 5435 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. 1000 Young St. in the City of Tonawanda. 4950 Camp Road in Hamburg. 540 Dick Road in Depew. 2429 Military Road in Niagara Falls. The change went into effect Tuesday. Going forward, the World Gym locations will o…

Two Family Dollar stores in Erie County will close. The affected locations are: Grand Island Plaza, 2391 Grand Island Blvd. on Grand Island 41 Buffalo Road in East Aurora They are two of 323 stores across the country being sold to rival Dollar General. They were among those sold to private equity firm Sycamore Partners in 2015 in order for Family Dollar to ga…

Eastern Mountain Sports will close its Amherst store within six to eight weeks. The company announced this week it will close 47 locations across the country, including the one on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. The Amherst store is the only EMS location in Western New York. It's located in the Benderson Development-owned plaza called The Boulevard. It will cl…

Spot Coffee is headed to Waterfront Village near the Erie Basin Marina. Spot franchisee Fadi Dagher, president of Cedarland Foods LLC, will open a Spot Express Cafe inside the waterfront business complex. It is expected to open in July. The cafe will serve all of Spot's usual hot, iced and blended coffees and fresh baked goods, as well as some savory items. The lo…

Teen fashion retailer Rue21 will close 400 stores across the country, including four in Western New York. The affected locations are: Walmart Plaza, 5350 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, 1620 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Quaker Crossing, 3445 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park. Olean Mall, 400 N. Union St., Olean. The company sai…

People were appalled last week when video emerged of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight. In support of the passenger, who suffered a concussion, and in outrage against the company, consumers vowed to boycott United. Some people say a boycott won’t make an impact, since United and three other airlines make up 85 percent of the total market and consu…