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A Canadian company plans to build a new liquor distillery in a Wheatfield industrial park with the aim of reducing costs as he focuses on U.S. customers. Leon Safir of Anat Inc. said he intends to produce as much as a truckload of whiskey and vodka per day, creating five new jobs, at a site his company has purchased in the industrial park off Lockport Road. "For me, …

A Williamsville warehouse that functioned as a brewery until the 1890s could begin producing cold beers once again. The building at 34 W. Spring St. is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food cooperative, artisan market and artists' studio and gallery space. The village is seeking a $10 million grant through the state's…

A lengthy process meant to guide future growth and redevelopment in Amherst may reach a critical point at a special Planning Board meeting on Thursday, June 22. Board members will review proposed amendments to the town's comprehensive plan during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The amendments were …

Dunn Tire has received the final approvals the company needs for its new store planned for Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The town Planning Board last week approved the site plan for the store at 3424 Sheridan, just east of Sweet Home Road, which will take over space that now houses Color-Tech Photo Lab. And the town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance al…

After more than three hours of testimony, Chason Affinity Co.'s request for six zoning variances for an Elmwood Avenue condominium project was tabled by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, further holding up the $30 million project that has already lingered in uncertainty for months. The panel had started discussion on the matter in order to make a ruling, when membe…

Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced Wednesday it has formed a Buffalo-based marketing and communications agency called PicSix Creative. Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which manages the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, previously centralized its in-house marketing, creative services and communications to work on projects related to the teams and other Pegula-owned ent…

Major health care groups in Buffalo are warning that the health plan emerging in Congress will lead to millions of people losing health insurance and many others being hurt by major cutbacks in Medicaid. They also see the potential for unintended and unwanted consequences, voicing concern that the changes will raise costs for doctor-training and worsen crowding in emerg…

Family Dollar Stores will open a new Buffalo location next week. The discount store will open June 29 and celebrate a grand opening July 1. The newest store will be located at 127 Skillen St. Family Dollar has 8,000 stores across the country, including more than 50 in Western New York.      

Uncle G's Ice Cream has changed hands, but those hands have a lot of experience scooping ice cream in Niagara County. Rachel Lindemann has bought the popular Pendleton ice cream shop. Her family owns Jamie's Ice Cream in North Tonawanda. Lindemann hopes to add indoor seating as well as a savory menu, which would include hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries. Uncle…

A downtown Niagara Falls hotel will unveil the results of a six-month-long makeover of its top floor Thursday. The Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., will show off four Diamond Sky Suites and 16 premium guest rooms on the eighth floor, in space that previously was a banquet room. The new rooms and suites increase the Days Inn's room total to 188, said Maggie Barnett,…

WARSAW – A year ago, Five Star Bank's parent company, Financial Institutions, was embroiled in an expensive battle with an activist investor over the bank's future. The investor, Texas-based Johnny Guerry, urged the bank to put itself up for sale, criticized the bank’s leadership and made an unsuccessful run for control of two board seats. A year later, after Guerr…

A Family Dollar store will be developed on vacant land in Lackawanna that the city has agreed to sell for $90,000, ending a battle for the land. The city's sale of six parcels at Ridge Road and Wasson Avenue to Durbin Acquisitions became official Tuesday when Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski signed the ordinance that City Council had approved Monday. "I like the project be…

A State Supreme Court justice is expected to issue a decision this week in a lawsuit that sought to protect a brick house on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that once housed manufacturing offices from demolition. A preservation group, Campaign for Buffalo, History, Architecture & Culture, has sought a preliminary injunction to prevent a demolition company from r…

By Elizabeth Dwoskin SAN FRANCISCO – Travis Kalanick stepped down as chief executive of the ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday, the culmination of several tumultuous months and a shareholder revolt. Kalanick, who helped found Uber in 2009 and led it to become one of Silicon Valley’s highest flying startups, will stay on Uber’s board of directors, a company offi…

The public can tour the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus today with two leaders who helped shape its growth. Matthew Enstice, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc., and Thomas R. Beecher Jr., founding board chairman and one of the original architects of the campus, will lead a guided walk from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. today. The walk begins and ends …