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I think it’s been about five minutes since I last reported a store closing. Seriously, it feels like I get word of a newly shuttered shop or shrinking retail chain every day. Since the beginning of last year, we’ve lost 54 stores at our five local malls alone. Bye bye, Bebe. So long, Sears. Farewell, Wet Seal. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to get e…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending April 21, 2017. AKRON • 4 John St., HUD to Lavocat Properties, $88,000. AMHERST • 109 Brockton Ridge, Marrano/marc Equity Corporation to Dennis J. Szefel; Theresa A. Szefel, $664,119. • 60 Levin Lane, Cynthia S Stocky Living Trust 1…

Andrea Vaillancourt-Alder started paddling as a child on Lake George and began teaching paddle sports in the Chesapeake Bay as a teen while living in Norfolk, Va. She has since canoed or kayaked on the Thames River in London, in the Celtic Sea along Cornwall, on the southwest tip of England, and with hippos and crocodiles off the Coast of South Africa. “I’ll padd…

For a few more days, High Street remains the public's only entryway into the Conventus medical office and research building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But that will change soon, when the building's Main Street access opens up next week. The High Street entrance has a high-end revolving door that can handle 40 people per minute. It is especially designed for …

The University at Buffalo has secured several hundred parking spaces on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in preparation of opening a new medical school building later this year. Dr. Michael E. Cain, dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and vice president of health sciences, said this week that the university has secured spots in a…

Martin Boryszak, the new president and chief executive officer of Sisters Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, came to health care from what seems like an unusual route – UPS. The differences in the businesses are not as great as you might think. As Boryszak sees it, they both adhere to basic business principles. The Buffalo native was working for the…

Connors Hot Dogs used to be a stand with a few picnic tables on the sandy gravel. The Evans institution is starting its 74th season with its familiar grilled Wardynski hot dogs, locally grown potatoes and hand-cut pickles, but there's something new, too. There's a 16-foot addition across the front of the building that enlarged the area where orders are taken. Condim…

If there was a theme song for retail in 2017, it would be “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. While there have always been store closures in retail, they’ve been coming fast and furious for the past few years. It has left enclosed shopping centers especially vulnerable. Malls have been left scrambling to fill tenant vacancies or struggling to reinvent themselv…

Here's a look at the stores that have come and gone in area malls since 2016. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/25/retail-free-fall/ Boulevard Mall What’s Out: • Sears • Game Stop • PacSun • Foot Locker • Hollister • Aeropostale • Jainlee • Littman Jewelers • Mastercuts • The Limited • 5-7-9 • Regis Salons What’s In: • P…

Demolition has begun at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include a state-of-the-art workforce training center. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. wants to convert 100,000-square-feet of space at 683 Northland Ave. into the new state-…

Proposed pension benefits cuts for some active and retired Teamsters, including about 5,200 in Western New York, are back on the table. The New York State Teamsters Conference Pension and Retirement Fund, which has about 34,000 participants statewide, submitted a revised plan to the U.S. Department of Treasury for permission to implement the cuts. The reductions could t…

Plenty of practice is going into planning the big move of Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. There's plenty of cleanup work, too. Like many an old building in Buffalo, the hospital has accumulated years' worth of old paint. Some of it has already begun moving out – for good. The hospital has at least 120 gallons of pain…

Banana Republic fans have about a month left if they want to shop its Walden Galleria store. That location will close at the end of June, the company confirmed Wednesday. "We always evaluate our store fleet to ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to best serve our customers' needs," said Sheikina Liverpool, a spokesperson for Banana Republic. The…

At sunrise on a recent morning, several dozen people gathered in an unused unit at Women & Children's Hospital and surveyed the beds, monitors and equipment in five rooms. Cassandra Church, who is overseeing the move in November to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, checked that someone from every department that need…

Glendale Development, which plans to turn a warehouse on Barker Street into 21 market-rate apartments and commercial space, was approved by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for about $243,000 in tax breaks. The owners are Matthew Cherry and Harry Illenz. The project, which is west of Main Street, is estimated at nearly $5 million. http://buffalonews.c…