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Buffalo Business Report - Friday, January 30th 2015

Construction will begin soon on the new Dick's Sporting Goods store at the Boulevard Mall.  It will take over space formerly used for the food court.  Two of the last three restaurants left will be moving elsewhere within the mall.  No word on what happens to the carousel.

The Canadian dollar is trading at 78 cents U.S.  That's the biggest disparity since 2009, and

Buffalo Business Report - Thursday, January 29th 2015

The initial phase of remediation at the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle property is about to begin.  The Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. approved a $2 million loan to the property's developers, Gates Circle Holdings LLC, that will help underwrite the estimated $13 million in remediation costs.  The loan is the largest in the RDC's

Buffalo Business Report - Wednesday, January 28th 2015

Two mobile food outlets aren't enough for Lloyd Taco Truck.  The Buffalo Planning Board has approved a proposal for Lloyd to open a restaurant in part of the former Caramici's Bistro site at 1503 Hertel near Wellington.  Business First reports the planning board has also approved a restaurant plan for the Poutinerie at 244 Allen St., next to the Buffalo Melting Pot.


Buffalo Business Report - Tuesday, January 27th 2015

More help is being requested to convert the former Phoenix Brewery building on Washington Street into apartments.  Business First reports developer Nick Sinatra is turning to the ECIDA for some gap incentives for that project.  A February 3rd public hearing will be held on the request.

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is celebrating three decades of serving Western New York.  The

Buffalo Business Report - Monday, January 26th 2015

The local cost for a gallon of unleaded gas has fallen another eight cents this past week to $2.55 according to the AAA.  At the same time, the national price is down to $2.03.

Union membership continues to shrink in this country.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes the combined rate of private- and public-sector union membership was 11.1% last year, down from 11.3% the

Buffalo Business Report - Friday, January 23rd 2015

Delaware North has acquired a pair of Montana hotels.  Business First reports Delaware North has purchased the Pine Lodge and Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge - both in Whitefish, Montana.  No terms of the deal were publicly announced.
Colley's Pools & Spas in Hamburg is completing demolition of their showroom that collapsed during the November storm.  Their temporary

Buffalo Business Report - Thursday, January 22nd 2015

It's expected that Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. will be named designated developer for the 2.4-acre Lakefront Boulevard parcel within Buffalo's Waterfront Village.  That designation coming from the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, according to Business First.  A proposed $25 million residential development could see as many as 30 new units built in the next few

Buffalo Business Report - Wednesday, January 21st 2015

With approvals in hand, work on the Delavan Hotel project adjoining Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Lancaster could begin late next month.  The project's $8.5 million cost includes a 4-story, 60-room hotel and spa.  The hotel is aiming for its first guests to be booked for late fall.

Tops Markets has completed renovations at two WNY locations.  A total of $2.45

Buffalo Business Report - Tuesday, January 20th 2015

The Education Action Group has uncovered a 4.1% increase in spending on the Buffalo School District's “cosmetic rider” plan for union members in 2013-14.  $5.4 million was the amount paid out.  As part of current negotiations, that cosmetic surgery rider would come to an end.  More details are available by clicking on this link.

Collins Pipe & Supply Co.,

Buffalo Business Report - Monday, January 19th 2015

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in the Buffalo metro region has dropped a dime in the past week, to $2.63.  The national average per gallon is $2.06.

Big news this weekend, as KeyBank announced it will leave its Key Towers at Fountain Plaza location for Uniland Development Co.'s 250 Delaware Building.  Delaware North will be the anchor tenant of the new

Buffalo Business Report - Friday, January 16th 2015

Synacor has purchased NimbleTV, a Manhattan-based startup company.   Business First reports Synacor will retain NimbleTV's 13 employees, who will work for Synacor from its Manhattan location.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a recent announcement, Best Choice Imaging Solutions will consolidate its offerings as the new Wide Format and Specialty Imaging division of

Buffalo Business Report - Thursday, January 15th 2015

For some of us, the only thing better than one hot dog is two.  Similarly, the summer demand for the Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs food truck has led to a second helping of sorts.  Business First reports brothers Frank and Paul Tripi have invested more than $75,000 to buy and prep a second truck, which is slated to hit the road by late March or early April.

Buffalo-based Schutte-Buffalo

Buffalo Business Report - Wednesday, January 14th 2015

According to Business First, another wrinkle has been added to the $25 million student housing project on Forest Avenue.  DHD Ventures will still build 10 structures that could house up to 592 students.  The complex will include nine residential units and a clubhouse.  The Buffalo Planning Board tabled its vote for two weeks to allow time for a January 22nd community meeting to

Buffalo Business Report - Tuesday, January 13th 2015

Developer Jayesh Patel has purchased two hotels for a combined $2.2 million.  Through separate subsidiaries, Patel has acquired the 22-room Boulevard Inn motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard and the 37-room University Motor Inn on Main Street in Amherst.  Business First reports his current plan is to renovate both properties, but keep them as independent motels.

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