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Coffee Culture closes location on Elmwood Avenue

Coffee Culture has closed its Elmwood Avenue location.

The Canada-based cafe chain was one of the first tenants to occupy 448 Elmwood, a mixed-use development on the site of a former dilapidated KFC restaurant. The property was redeveloped in 2011 to the tune of $3 million and contains residential space on the upper levels with retail space on its first floor. The project was a joint effort from architect Karl Frizlen, attorney Michael. E. Ferdman and Orchard Park’s Krog Corp., with Peter L. Krog Sr. as majority owner.

The company began eyeing the Buffalo market in 2007 and launched its U.S. expansion here in 2009 with plans to open as many as a dozen stores in the region.

Coffee Culture’s first Western New York location on Main Street in Williamsville closed last April. That store opened in spring 2009 and was meant to serve as a training hub for local operations. It had received $10,718 in sales tax breaks from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency toward renovations it made to convert the former Sweet Jenny’s ice cream parlor to the cafe. Other locations remain in Springville, Ellicottville, Town of Tonawanda, Amherst, Batavia and in the Walden Galleria.

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