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Frank Budwey, owner of Budwey's Market, was born to be a grocer. His grandmother started the family's first grocery store in 1925. More than four decades later, just as his widowed mother was about to give up on the failing business, Frank took the helm and turned the ship around. He was just 23 years old and fresh out of the Army, but was mentored by another grocer. Ov…

A trio of developers specializing in affordable housing wants to undertake a signature project by turning a longtime East Side industrial property on Broadway into apartments. Stuart Alexander and Associates has partnered with Rhonda Ricks and SCG Development to propose a new residential community aimed at workers on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and other area res…

Danny Wegman has stepped down as chief executive of Wegmans Food Markets as his daughter Colleen steps into the role of president and CEO. Danny Wegman, 70, will take the role of company chairman, the Gates-based company announced Wednesday. The move is part of the family-owned company's succession plan, he said. “The time has come to create a structure for the …

A project to turn the city's Northland Corridor into a light-industrial and commercial hub took a step forward this week as a city agency awarded a design contract and agreed to take on nine more city-owned properties for the project. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., the city agency that is managing the redevelopment of the Northland Corridor project, approved a $1.…

Get your sweet tooth ready. Yotality Frozen Yogurt and Custard will give away free yogurt, custard and gelato Monday to celebrate five years in business. Customers can fill their cup with 4 ounces of frozen dessert and toppings for free Monday from open until close at all locations. Store hours vary. The offering includes new flavors such as Crème Brulee gelato; Chocol…

Cleveland-based KeyCorp is sending a clear signal about its bigger push into Buffalo, choosing to hold its annual shareholders meeting here this year instead of its hometown. The meeting is set for May 18 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Last summer, Key completed a $4 billion deal for First Niagara Financial Group, greatly enhancing its Western New York presence. E…

With construction of the new $27 million Explore & More Children's Museum underway at Canalside, city and state leaders are betting it will serve as a major catalyst for more investment and development along the waterfront. Public and private-sector officials said Wednesday they expect the new four-story museum to be a big attraction that will help lure more restau…

A transplant surgeon-turned-developer is seeking the final approvals he needs to move forward with an 18-unit, upscale apartment complex in East Amherst. Dr. Fadi Dagher plans to put up a two-story, multifamily building at 9150 Transit Road, just north of the Transit Valley Country Club and next to Grover's Bar & Grill. All but two would be two-bedroom units, rangin…

Western New York's burgeoning medical campus and busy hospital systems offer an upbeat image of the region. But there's another side to the story of the region's health, and it isn't so positive. Cattaraugus, Niagara and Chautauqua rank among the five unhealthiest of New York state's 62 counties, according to an annual ranking of health outcomes by the nonprofit Robe…

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate rose to 5.9 percent in February as a wave of retirements among the Baby Boomers left fewer local workers holding jobs, the state Labor Department reported Tuesday. Even with the modest increase in joblessness, the local unemployment rate remained below 6 percent during February for just the third time in the last 15 years. "These…

Sears has shuttered its stores in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. The company had announced in December that the closings of the stores and their related auto centers would take place by mid-April, and the stores have conducted liquidation sales since January. The closings leave large holes in the two shopping centers that the ma…

The Buffalo City Mission won approval Monday from the Buffalo Planning Board for its $15.1 million proposal to construct a new four-story complex in downtown Buffalo to house its growing operations. The nonprofit, together with McGuire Development Group, plans to erect a new 74,138-square-foot facility on its current parking lot at 90 E. Tupper St. and then demolish i…

The remaining commercial building of the former Shea's Seneca Theatre will get a new lease on life. The Buffalo Planning Board Monday night approved developer Jake Schneider's $9 million adaptive-reuse proposal to renovate the two-story building at 2178 Seneca St. into a mixed-use facility. Plans call for 21 apartments, a new 136-seat black-box theatre for Second Gen…

Two weeks after signalling their readiness to approve a major project on Jefferson Avenue, the Buffalo Planning Board formalized its support Monday for People Inc. and two development partners to construct a pair of new apartment buildings just north of the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion. The social services nonprofit is working with Nick Sinatra and…