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Dash's to unveil Hertel Avenue expansion plans

Joe Dash has been wanting to expand and renovate his Hertel Avenue Dash's Market for years. Plans have always been thwarted because his property has been hemmed in too closely on all sides by neighboring buildings.

Thanks to some real estate purchases that extend Dash's property to Starin Avenue and beyond, it looks like the grocer will finally get to realize his vision of a larger, updated grocery store.

But before Dash moves forward, he wants the community's input. He will present his plans to the community from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Anchor Church, 310 Starin Ave.

Preliminary plans call for more than doubling the store's current size from 13,500 square feet to 35,000 square feet. The original store, along with other recently acquired buildings, would be demolished.

In November, Dash's bought a former First Niagara bank branch across Starin Avenue at 1726 Hertel Ave. There is no word yet how that property will be used.

The new Dash's store will be designed by Wendel, an Amherst architect and engineering firm. In addition to the Hertel location, which is the company's oldest, Dash's has stores in Clarence, East Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda.

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