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Steve Desmond could have plenty of reason to be worried. The president of Heintz & Weber just saw one of his largest customers – possibly even the biggest – file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. That client, Tops Markets, currently accounts for just over 30 percent of annual sales for his company, the maker of the popular Weber's Horseradish Mustar…

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The owner of the Ferry Express Mart on the East Side plans to more than double the size of the current store, if the Zoning Board of Appeals grants him five variances for side yards and parking. Hani Abuhamra wants to construct a 5,225 square-foot addition to his current 1,724-square-foot retail store at 966 E. Ferry St., on 0.71 acres. That would allow him to expand hi…

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Big Lots stores in Western New York have made some big changes to their inventory and format. Grocery has become a much larger focus than it was in the past. "Grocery is a really hot category for us and it's growing," said Peter Mensinger, a district manager for Big Lots. Stores here have added large coolers to carry cold and frozen grocery items, which allows them to c…