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The Urban Renewal Agency is welcoming another small business back to Buffalo.

The agency's board of directors Thursday approved a North Tonawanda bakery as the developers of a 4.2-acre parcel in the Thruway Industrial Park off Monsignor Valente Drive and William Street.

Father Sam's Syrian Bread Inc., an Arab-American-owned business, plans to build a 40,000-square-foot facility on the property. The company, which began baking pita bread on Clyde Street in Buffalo back in 1977, currently employs 56 people and plans to hire 30 additional employees.

Once negotiators agree on a price for the property, the Common Council will have final approval on the sale.

Mayor Masiello said Father Sam's is among a growing number of large and small manufacturers that are choosing to move to the city.

"These are people who are successful enough to be able to relocate and grow anywhere, and they have chosen city locations because there is money to be made here and because the city offers very attractive opportunities for them to be more competitive and profitable," Masiello said.

Father Sam's, which currently operates at 908 Niagara Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda, plans to invest about $3 million at its new Buffalo location. The facility is expected to open by June 1996.

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