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The eyesore that for a decade tainted a busy intersection in Cheektowaga is finally being torn down, said Diane Benczkowski, the supervisor. Demolition began Tuesday at the vacant Garden Village Plaza on the southeast corner of Union and French roads, the supervisor said. "I promised the revitalization of this plaza would be one of my top priorities and after cou…

Friday is a milestone day for Tesla Inc. That's when Tesla has said it will hand over the keys to the first 30 buyers of its long-awaited Model 3 electric vehicle at an event in Los Angeles. It's only 30 cars, but the public launch of the Model 3, Tesla's $35,000 electric vehicle for the masses, has a lot of bearing on Buffalo and the solar panel factory the company …

Amazon is hoping job seekers will find its hiring bonanza a prime opportunity next week. The online retailing juggernaut will hold open interviews next Wednesday to fill jobs at its distribution center in Lancaster. It's part of a larger Jobs Day initiative to hire 50,000 employees at its hiring hubs across the country. The interviews will be held from 8 a.m. to noon…

Work has started to shore up parts of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Main Street to prepare it for a new use as Ellicott Development Co. moves forward with a plan to build a six-story office and retail building next door. Structural repairs are underway so that work can be done safely on the church near Main and Best streets, said William Paladino, chief executive office…

Whole Foods Market is starting to hire at its Amherst supermarket that is set to open in September. The national chain within the last week posted 27 job openings on its website, ranging from meat and seafood cutter to cashier's assistant. The company has received more than 1,100 applications and will begin interviews next week with the assistance of the state Labor Dep…

Erie County Medical Center didn't pay a nearly $30,000 ransom demand to the perpetrators of a massive cyberattack in April, but the intrusion that brought down the hospital's computer systems will exact a very big cost. ECMC officials estimate expenses tied to the incident were nearly $10 million. About half of that amount is for computer hardware, software and assis…

Paperwork filed Tuesday morning with the Town of Cheektowaga confirmed Walden Avenue as the proposed site of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based chain of restaurants with 2,000 locations across the country, said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. The 4,975-square-foot restaurant would be built on the site of the former Famous Dave's Barbecue at 1753 Walden Ave. It would be the fi…

Power Drives, the hose and tube assembly manufacturer that is consolidating its operations in Larkinville, is getting 100 kilowatts of low-cost hydropower through the state's Recharge New York program. The allocation is tied to the company's pledge to retain 75 jobs and invest more than $5.8 million in its operations. It is not tied to any pledge to create new jobs. …

The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region is on the rise again. The local jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in June, up from 4.7 percent a year ago, as fewer local workers held jobs and more said they couldn't find employment, said the state labor department Tuesday. The local jobless rate currently has increased for two straight months as the pace of job gr…

Five Star Bank's parent company said it generated net proceeds of $16.7 million from a stock offering during the second quarter. Warsaw-based Financial Institutions in late May announced an "at-the-market" program under which it could sell up to $40 million worth of stock, to support its growth and other corporate purposes. The bank sold about 572,000 shares during the …

The Fantastic Sams hair salon in Amherst's Northtown Plaza is moving up the road to a Niagara Falls Boulevard retail plaza after its owners accepted a buyout of their lease. Michael Baer and his wife, who own four area Fantastic Sams franchises, had a lease that ran through 2023 with WS Development. But the Northtown Plaza's owner has eased out tenants that don't fit wi…

Wegmans will soon give Buffalo Niagara customers a chance to bypass the parking lot, aisles and checkout lane – for an additional cost. Starting Aug. 1, Wegmans will bring its same-day delivery service to the Buffalo market. The service – a partnership between grocery delivery app Instacart and the Rochester-based grocery chain – allows Wegmans customers to …

The founder of an acupuncture practice has purchased a pair of medical office buildings on Maple Road in Amherst. Yoon Sung, a licensed acupuncturist, bought the buildings at 1825 and 1829 Maple Road with her mother for $2.1 million through a limited liability company to house her practice and as an investment, according to her husband, Daniel Jung, and real-estate reco…

The Knox Mansion – one of Buffalo's grand mansions from a century ago – is no longer for sale. Two years after putting the Delaware Avenue mansion up for sale as part of a cost-cutting plan to consolidate its Buffalo operations, Computer Task Group has taken the elegant building off the market and plans to keep it as the information technology firm's headquarters, c…

Computer Task Group's second-quarter profits tumbled by 66 percent as the Buffalo-based information technology company's sales fell by almost 10 percent after one of its big staffing clients cut back. CTG's profits fell to $434,000, or 3 cents per share, from $1.3 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. The earnings were weaker than the 5 cents per share that ana…