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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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More than 120 homeowners leasing land at Sherkston Shores in Ontario have filed a class-action lawsuit against the property’s owner, saying they have been blindsided by rate hikes as high as 28 percent since Carefree Resorts took over the park in 2013.The suit against Arizona-based Carefree Resorts alleges that the company violated Canada’s Residential Tenancies Act of 200…

Wegmans has been fined $188,200 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Buffalo Area Office.OSHA’s citations, issued Sept. 1, are the result of an investigation into two worker injuries at its Rochester baking facility. OSHA’s safety inspections found persistent hazards that led to repeated injuries at Wegmans’ central bakery manufacturing facility at 1500 B…

Quaker Steak and Lube, a casual-dining restaurant franchise on Transit Road in Clarence, closed Tuesday.There was no word as to why the restaurant closed. Calls to its Pennsylvania headquarters were not returned.Known for its chicken wings, the restaurant was present at the National Buffalo Wing Festival over the weekend. It won top honors in the “creative spicy” category …

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Eckl’s Restaurant, an institution in Orchard Park since 1934, will close at the end of the month.The restaurant is known for its roast beef on weck sandwiches. Its last day in business will be Sept. 26.Shirley Eckl and her family took over the restaurant in 1964. It is listed for sale at $779,000.Eckl did not return phone calls. The person answering the phone at the restau…

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Macy’s will close up to 40 underperforming stores next year, but there is no word whether locations in Western New York will be affected.The Cincinnati-based department store is working to cut costs and bolster online operations. The stores make up 5 percent of Macy’s locations and 1 percent of its sales. The company has not identified which locations will close, but said …

Macy’s will close up to 40 underperforming stores next year, but there is no word whether locations in Western New York will be affected.The Cincinnati based department store is working to cut costs and bolster online operations. The stores make up 5 percent of Macy’s locations and 1 percent of its sales. It hasn’t identified which locations will close, but said it will re…

Once again, Boulevard Mall has a Chinese restaurant.Taste of China opened Tuesday in the former Honey’s restaurant near Subway.The restaurant is operated by the former owners of Cajun Quarters, which was a popular destination in the former food court. Cajun Quarters was forced to close when the mall decided to close the food court. The food court has since been demolished …

Johnny Rockets will open its first Johnny’s Burger Factory concept restaurant at Walden Galleria Sept. 23.The store will be located on the second floor adjacent to Pole Position Raceway.Johnny Rockets declined to go into detail about the new concept, but it looks like it will deviate from the company’s usual retro 50s diner schtick. An employment ad for the restaurant desc…

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As Lisa Aulbrook pushed her cart across the parking lot at Sam’s Club in Niagara Falls, she passed several vehicles with Ontario license plates. At one SUV, a Canadian family unloaded a cart filled with groceries, including four gallons of milk. Inside the store, Aulbrook chatted up a fellow Canadian whose cart contained three rotisserie chickens and a five-pound bag of mo…

Every store has a Labor Day sale. But not every store has good Labor Day deals.Fortunately, coupon site BensBargains.com has a way to cut through the hype. It analyzed its historical data to find out when retailers offered the best deals in the past and when they’re likely to offer the best deals in the future. Here’s what they found.Skip: Gas grills. Grills do go on sale …

Wegmans will hold a hiring event to staff The Pub, a bar and restaurant that will open inside its store at 8270 Transit Road in Williamsville.Wegmans is seeking to fill full- and part-time customer service, culinary and restaurant service positions.Interested applicants should apply online, Wegmans.com/careers. In addition to completing the online application, applicants c…

A lawsuit against Wegmans and two other grocers over advertising has been thrown out by a federal judge.A group of customers in New Jersey sued Wegmans, Whole Foods and Acme Markets alleging their advertising misled customers. They said Wegmans advertising its rolls as “store baked” was misleading because they are prepared elsewhere, frozen and reheated at the store. The p…

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Nationwide Super Bowl viewers may see a commercial for Vidler’s 5 & 10 this year, alongside the usual ones from powerhouses such as Budweiser, Doritos and GoDaddy.com.The East Aurora novelty shop is one of 10 finalists to win an expenses-paid, 30-second television commercial during the big game through a contest from Intuit Quickbooks. It was chosen from more than 15,000 f…

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The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls will add six new stores this fall.Columbia Sportswear, which sells outdoors-style apparel, will be at the northern end of the mall near the food court. Several local retailers sell Columbia brand clothing, but this will be Western New York’s first dedicated outlet. There is a Columbia store at the Outlet Collection at Niagara.Kipling, a…

ALDI, the discount grocery store, will hold a hiring event this month to staff stores in Blasdell, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Depew, Hamburg, Springville and West Seneca.ALDI is recruiting store associates and manager trainees. Applicants must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be able to lift 45 pounds and pass a drug screening and background check. The…