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Father Sam's Syrian Bread Inc. plans to move its pita bread bakery from the Wurlitzer complex in North Tonawanda back to Buffalo, where the business was started on a small scale 18 years ago by the Episcopalian priest.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency has approved Father Sam's as developer of a 4.2-acre parcel in the Thruway Industrial Park.

The sale, under negotiation, is subject to Buffalo Common Council approval.

The Rev. Albert Sam began baking his bread for parishioners at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Cheektowaga in the early 1970s.

Father Sam moved to St. Mark's Episcopal Church in North Tonawanda in 1976 and retired in 1990.

The bakery is expanding and is cramped for space in the 30,000 square feet it occupies in the sprawling Wurlitzer complex off of Niagara Falls Boulevard.

A 40,000-square-foot facility is planned for the industrial park site at Monsignor Valente Drive and William Street in Buffalo.

Father Sam met with architects today on the design of the new $3 million building.

He said the new bakery, expected to open by June 1996, will add about 30 employees to its current 56.

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