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Less than a month after opening its doors to students from SUNY Buffalo State and other colleges, the owner of a sprawling student-housing community on Buffalo's West Side has put it up for sale. DHD Ventures, co-owned by Thomas Masaschi of Rochester, is seeking a buyer for the Monarch 716 complex at 100 Forest Ave., located near the intersection of the Niagara Thruway …

ALDI will unveil a new look at its Jamestown store next week. The store, at 930 Fairmount Ave., will reopen Wednesday with the company's latest decor and layout concept after being closed for renovations. ALDI has committed to investing $1.6 billion in 1,300 stores across the country by 2020. Improvements include airy ceilings and natural lighting as well as expan…

Three more national chains are coming to the newly revamped Northtown Plaza in Amherst, including the first West Elm in Western New York. West Elm, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn were confirmed Thursday as the latest additions to the plaza, which is owned by WS Development. The brands join other lead tenants L.L.Bean and Whole Foods Market, which opened last week i…

Ann M. Hood's retirement from leading the largest Western New York-based credit union is still a little ways off, but a search for her successor is under way. Hood has served as president and CEO of the Lockport-based Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union since 2000. She is set to retire Feb. 28, wrapping up a career at Cornerstone that began in 1983. Hood st…

In February 2014, James Hanley paid $2,695 to Wurtz Funeral Home in Boston to cover his future funeral and burial expenses. Last October, Hanley moved into a nursing home out of state closer to where his daughter, Sharon, lives. When he became gravely ill and died in April just before his 83rd birthday, Sharon Hanley tried to contact the funeral home. She found out i…

One of the prize winners in the 43North business plan competition in 2013 is on the verge of being acquired by a British investment company in a deal worth nearly $11 million. Hemogenyx, a New York City company that is developing new types of treatment patients undergoing bone marrow transplants or blood stem cell treatments, is being acquired by a British company, Silv…

Royal Car Wash, has opened it first location in Lancaster and is offering unlimited free washes until Oct. 13. The car wash is located at 6645 Transit Road, between the Cracker Barrel restaurant and Salvatore's Grand Hotel. Royal plans to add another four locations in the Buffalo Niagara market over the next five years. The company opened its first location more t…

The year-long upswing in manufacturing across the Buffalo Niagara region stretched into August, but the pace of that growth cooled. "The numbers for August were not quite as positive as those for July but still indicate expansion overall," said Randy Cragun, the Niagara University economist who compiles the monthly report on local manufacturing activity for the Institut…

A game room in Lockport has added an escape room. Casual Dragon Games has added "Dr. Gorzinski's Lab", a live-action game in which players are given an hour to solve puzzles, find the cure for a terrorist toxin and escape the room. The game room, at 136 Walnut St., sells board games, card games and role-playing games, as well as miniatures games, in which players sim…

Staff at Women & Children's Hospital will hold a mock move on Friday to prepare for the November opening of the new Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The exercise, one of several practice runs for the move,  will include patient actors and key move personnel to prepare for the complex task of ensuring patient safety on move day. S…

A new office for a physician practice at 564 Niagara St. is now seeing patients – and it represents some big changes. The $6 million, 40,000-square-foot building that houses the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network is one of the largest projects on the city's lower West Side in recent years. Physicians and other health care providers in the group w…

The Independent Bankers Association of New York State will hold its annual conference Sept. 25 to 27 in Niagara Falls. The group, which advocates for independent community banks, will hold the event at the Conference and Event Center. About 160 people are expected to attend. The scheduled speakers include Jose Gonzalez, the president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan…

If you knew your genetic makeup, would it help you lose weight? Linda Taylor, a functional medical provider, says yes. The nurse practitioner specializes in helping adults better address chronic health challenges including obesity, and recently started offering a multi-week weight loss program based on genetic testing. "The patient comes in and it's a very quick v…

A developer is seeking to tear down a ranch-style home that hosts a video business and construct in its place a mixed-use building of retail and apartments on Main Street near Transit Road in East Amherst. The applicant, PB Investors LLC, which traces back to Bliss Construction, would construct an 11,855-square-foot building at 6790 Main St., at Tennyson Terrace, on the…

Ashlea Green thought she had found the perfect, four-bedroom apartment for her and her two daughters in the brand-new Monarch 716 complex near the SUNY Buffalo State campus. When she heard the cost – $880 per month – she couldn't believe it, and she said she double-checked to make sure it was correct. One day after Green signed a lease and paid a $400 deposit, sh…