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By Matt Glynn » Monday, September 15, 2014

Joseph D. Scanlan says he and Ronald E. Hermance Jr. “were probably best friends in high school.” That school was Notre Dame High School in Batavia, where both were members of the class of 1965. Scanlan went on to a career in education, while Hermance rose through the ranks in… Read more »

By Samantha Christmann » Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tops Friendly Markets has opened a store in Clifton Springs, which is in Ontario County near the Finger Lakes. Tops assumed operation of the 27,00-square-foot store in July and completed renovations to refresh the interior and exterior, changing over to the Tops banner and adding Tops inventory to the store’s… Read more »

By Samantha Christmann » Thursday, September 11, 2014

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…. Read more »

By Samantha Christmann » Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Coolest Cooler crowdfunding campaign just became the highest-funded Kickstarter campaign ever. With three days to go, nearly 48,000 backers have pledged more than $10.3 million to get the Coolest cooler into production. The original project goal was $50,000. The Coolest is a cooler with a blender, bluetooth speaker, USB… Read more »

By Grove Potter » Friday, August 1, 2014

First Niagara Financial Group this week announced James K. Ciroli was leaving the bank effective Friday as its principal accounting officer for a job with an undisclosed employer. Now we know where the 49-year-old Ciroli is headed: Michigan-based Flagstar Bancorp,… Read more

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It may not seem like a big deal: just a few toy cars for children to climb on and dart past on a colorful carpet emblazoned with winding roadways. It’s a place for tired parents and grandparents to grab a… Read more

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Victoria’s Secret is about to double its presence at Boulevard Mall in Amherst. The lingerie retailer will open spin-off store PINK this fall in the former Abercrombie Kids space near the Guest Services Kiosk. PINK, which sells loungewear and accessories… Read more

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ok, so we’ve somehow gotten used to Christmas commercials popping up well before Thanksgiving. And we barely bat an eyelash anymore when the Back-to-School promotions roll out just weeks after graduation. But Halloween in July? Really? I could barely believe… Read more

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We did a story last month about the continued popularity of merchandise surrounding Disney’s smash hit movie “Frozen.” Eight months after the movie hit theaters, manufacturers are still struggling to keep up, leaving retailer shelves empty and parents desperately searching… Read more

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Erin Horton, executive chef at Orchard Fresh supermarket in Orchard Park, won the “best side dish or mini meal” category at this year’s Supermarket Chef Showdown in Chicago. The Supermarket Chef Showdown is an annual recipe competition presented by the… Read more
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