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A Westchester County operator of open-air shopping centers has sold the Walden Consumer Square across from the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga to Benchmark Group of Amherst for $28 million. Benchmark, owned by Arthur and George Gellman and Clarke Narins, bought the plaza at 1700-1750 Walden Ave., from Walden Consumer Improvements LLC, owned by DLC Management Corp. of Tar…

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Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co. has been so successful in its Wilson location that it is planning to open a second brewery and restaurant in North Tonawanda. The $1.3 million project would create 51 jobs, according to Michael W. Zimmerman, executive director of the city's development agency, the Lumber City Development Corp. The site for the craft brewer would be the f…

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April 12, 1940 – June 12, 2018 Dick Page won numerous awards as a landscape designer, but the honor that perhaps best summed up his accomplishments came from his high school classmates at a reunion. They called it the Horatio Alger Award, which they presented to him to acknowledge his success both personally and professionally. Mr. Page married his high school swe…

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Dr. Michael Edbauer, who was previously considered a candidate for the job of Catholic Health CEO, has left Catholic Health for HealthNow New York, the parent company of BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York. Edbauer was named to the new role of chief strategy officer. He joins HealthNow New York's senior leadership team as a senior vice president. Catholic Healt…

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Ignite Buffalo put out the call for small businesses to compete for $1 million in total grants, and 477 applicants responded by this week's deadline. The program, a partnership that includes 43North, M&T Bank and Facebook, will award 27 grants ranging in size from $25,000 to $100,000. The number of entries, which were collected in a three-week span, "very much ex…

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For the third year in a row, Wegmans has been ranked America's Favorite Grocer, according to polling done by Market Force Information, a retail consulting firm. Last year, Wegmans tied with Florida-based Publix for No. 1. In 2016, it ousted Trader Joe's for the top spot. This year, it bested Publix, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and H-E-B. Survey participants were asked to rate…

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Redevelopment of the Frontier House, the nearly 200-year-old Lewiston landmark, will be up to the village government under a deal announced Friday. Mayor Terry C. Collesano said the village has agreed to buy the Center Street building from owner Richard A. Hastings for $800,000. The money is supposed to come from Niagara River Greenway funds to be sought by the Town of …

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Christine Ambrosone lost a husband to Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1996, so she understands the frustrations people harbor toward the fits and starts in cancer treatment advances. She also understands cancer is tough, conniving and irrational. “The more we learn, the more complex we realize cancer is,” said Ambrosone, senior vice president for population sciences and chairw…

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Benderson Development Co., the region's biggest retail developer, wants to build a new fast-food restaurant on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, and this time it wants the whole enchilada. Benderson is proposing a 2,606-square-foot Taco Bell restaurant and drive-thru on one of three remaining "outparcel" spaces in a 9.89-acre plaza that currently contains a 41,000-square-foot …

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Construction is underway on the conversion of a former industrial complex on Main Street into a mixed-use student housing project, but the developer is modifying several elements of the plan. David Freeman's DF Fusion of Provo, Utah, is spending $30 million to redevelop part of the properties at 2929-2939 Main into 321 residential units for upper class and graduate stud…

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Months after demolishing a historic former multifamily home on the site, the owner of a Linwood Avenue property now wants to erect a new three-story wood-frame apartment house in its place, with five new upscale units. Jesse Hawker of East Amherst, who purchased the property out of foreclosure last December, is seeking Buffalo Planning Board approval to construct the 7,…

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David Ledesma has traded life on the Gulf Coast for the Buffalo area. It was a fresh start for both himself and the DuPont plant he leads. Ledesma left OxyChem in Corpus Christi, Texas, to become plant manager at DuPont Yerkes in the Town of Tonawanda, a career move of about 1,700 miles. Ledesma succeeded local native Warren Hoy, who retired in January after serving as …

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Rick Hamister developed an interest in banking at an early age, from his mother. She was an M&T Bank teller in the 1950s at the Southgate Plaza branch in West Seneca. "She talked to me about banking from the time I was little," Hamister said. "I always thought banking was just a noble profession. We take care of communities and individuals and businesses, and that's…

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The Buffalo Niagara job market stayed hot in May, the state Labor Department said. The region added more than 9,000 jobs from May 2017 to May 2018 – its biggest annualized gain in nearly a decade – fueled by robust hiring in temporary help, as well as in education and health services. Construction employment also spiked as building projects took advantage of the the war…

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Preliminary work has begun on the $22.5 million project to restore car traffic to Main Street south of Exchange Street, with the entire effort expected to last into 2020 so it doesn't interrupt activities at Canalside, HarborCenter or KeyBank Center. The long-awaited Lower Main Street initiative – part of the larger Cars Sharing Main Street project from Tupper Street so…