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The owner of West Seneca's Southgate Plaza is planning a major makeover and reuse of the vacant Bon-Ton department store building, as it tries to fill a gaping hole in the otherwise thriving retail center. The bankruptcy and closure of Pennsylvania-based Bon-Ton left Southgate with an empty big-box store in a prominent part of the 32.9-acre plaza. So rather than seek ou…

Environment

Did someone say save the bees? Hundreds of honeybees swarmed an SUV on Saturday evening in Southgate Plaza in West Seneca after a queen bee got stuck in the car’s grille, in danger of being squished. A local beekeeper was called to the rescue, said Town of Tonawanda resident Bethany B. Desmond-Weitz, who was there to get dinner with her son at about 5:30 p.m. Saturda…

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Local doughnut juggernaut Paula's Donuts is heading to the Southtowns, opening its third location in West Seneca's Southgate Plaza. Owner Paula Huber said she just signed a lease on a 4,800 square foot location to hold her expanding 18-year-old business. The new store will be on the Union Road side of Southgate Plaza, in front of Market in the Square, she said. "It's a w…