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WEGMANS TO OPEN IN NIAGARA

Wegmans has "every expectation" of opening its first super market in Niagara County by early 1999, according to Ann McCarthy, a Wegmans spokeswoman.

The new grocery would occupy part of the former Ames plaza at 1575 Military Road. Wegmans would use the space that has been vacated by the Ames store, as well as additional space in the plaza, which is across Military Road from LaSalle High School.

The Benderson Development Co. Inc. of Buffalo, owner of the plaza, is seeking a partial tax abatement for the planned conversion from a department store to a grocery. The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency will hold a public hearing on the requested tax abatement at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Niagara Town Hall, 7105 Lockport Road.

John R. Simon, executive director of the IDA, said Tuesday that Benderson is seeking some county tax exemptions, and that the company may be eligible for relief from sales taxes on the materials bought to renovate the store. Benderson also seeks to continue to be eligible for the remaining two years of tax breaks that it was given when Ames was located there.

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