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From Business Today:The changing retail economy is taking a bite out of a venerable Buffalo business. Pitt Petri, the glamorous Delaware Avenue store for fine home furnishings and gifts, is reducing its size. The store has long been a favorite place for bridal gift registration. But a decline in the market and the rise of other retail competition has forced the …

From Business Today:While it's nothing to get too excited about, the local job market seems to be thawing a bit. The private sector added 2,700 jobs in November, compared to last year at this time. The improving job climate also brought out more job seekers, putting them back into the state Labor Department's calculations. The result: a slight increase in the un…

From Business Today:As we wrote in September, the prospect of HSBC Bank leaving the HSBC tower in downtown Buffalo would be a disaster for the anemic local commercial real estate market. Now the mayor and a downtown business group have expressed concerns over the threat. Dumping 653,000 square feet of Class A office space on a stagnant market is a recipe for trouble. It c…

From Business Today:Buffalo development has benefited tremendously from a federal tax program that is in danger of going away. Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins delivered that  message surrounded by developers and other politicians. The Renewal Community program that creates districts within which companies can qualify for tax breaks. Western New Yor…

From Business Today:Birdair, the Amherst-based company that builds some of the most magnificent stadium roofs in the world, sent representatives to Minnesota to assess what happened at the Minneapolis Metrodome. The roof the company built nearly 30 years ago collapsed under the eight of snow and ice. It was the fourth time the roof has succumbed to snow. Ma…

The Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., collapsed over the weekend under the weight of heavy snow. The NFL was forced to move a Vikings-Giants football game to Detroit tonight. The roof was produced and installed by Amherst-based Birdair, which will consult on repairs. Birdair works on roofing systems for stadiums and arenas around the world. Fox cameras captured the dramatic…

From Business Today:Rosa's Home Stores made it official on Thursday, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Rumors have swirled in the local retail sector about the family-owned chain having troubles, so the filing was not a big surprise to many. The firm says it will try to stay in business and honor all its pending orders and warranties. The 29-year-old …

From Business Today:Some folks in Connecticut are really unhappy that the big bank in New Haven, NewAlliance, is being bought by Buffalo-based First Niagara Financial Group.  The latest attack on the deal comes from state Attorney General and U.S. Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano. The two men held a press confere…

From Business Today:Lawyers suing lawyers. That's what is happening in a nasty back and forth between Western New York attorney Steven J. Baum and New York City attorney Susan Chana Lask. Lask filed a racketeering lawsuit (seeking class-action status) against Baum in federal court accusing him of running a "foreclosure mill" and violating federal and st…

From Business Today:Manufacturing in the Buffalo Niagara region, though not the economic powerhouse it once was, is showing signs of growth. The purchasing managers from area factories contribute to a monthly index that gives a very precise picture of what is happening locally. The November numbers show a hint of growth. It's a start to what could be a mode…

From Business Today:Who knew? The popular bubble hockey game, a staple in rinks  from California to Newfoundland are made right here in Clarence? Innovative Concepts in Entertainment has been making the games since 1983, along with other arcade staples. But it is bubble hockey that has become a fixture of modern arena life. Recognizing the popularity, the folks from I…

From Business Today:Most of the truckers trapped in the day-and-a-half our shut down of the New York State Thruway from Wednesday night into Friday morning took it all in stride. They're seen it all over the country, from Tucson to Tucumcarie. Trucking companies have to scramble when such a delay occurs, calling customers and finding alter…

From Business Today:Ever walk into church and wonder what the sanctuary would look like as an apartment?  Well, you can see at the former North Park United Presbyterian Church in North Buffalo. Creative Structure Services just completed converting the church and adjoining school into 12 apartments. It's one of several former churches in the region that have …

From Business Today:The slow-and-steady nature of the Buffalo Niagara region's economy has  helped it sidestep much of the damage from the Great Recession. But that benefit may have run its course. A recent study by the Brookings Institution shows that the region is slower than most in coming out of the recession. Job growth and wages are slow. The study shows th…