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What’s happening in Buffalo Niagara’s business this week



What you should know about the coming week

Quicklee’s Store is suggested in Town of Niagara: Supermarket chain Quicklee’s Convenience Store may be coming to western New York.

Avon-based Quicklee’s Inc. is proposing to build a new gas station and grocery store in the city of Niagara at 6021 Porter Road between Military Road and the Niagara Falls city line. This is just off the Porter and Packard Roads exit of the Niagara Thruway, near Aldi and Value Home Centers.

This week, the City of Niagara Planning Committee will evaluate PEM LLC and Quicklee’s plan, including signage and an environmental assessment.

Dollar General Store in Lockport tested: Also this week, the planning board of the City of Lockport, Niagara County, will consider a proposal by the Broadway Group of Huntsville, Alabama, for a new 10,640-square-foot dollar general store at 4919 Sunset Drive on Upper Mountain Road.

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The panel will also continue its study of a proposed new Tractor Supply Co. store on 5.6 acres at 1110 S. Transit Road by Hix Snedeker Co. LLC.

Bill’s Watch Party at the local golf course: Diamond Hawk Golf Course will host a Monday Night Football watch party that will help raise money for the fight against prostate cancer.

The party, held in association with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, begins Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Hawk Bar and Restaurant on the Golf Course at 255 Sonwill Drive, Cheektowaga, near the airport.

Several Bills alumni will be in attendance, including Bill’s Wall of Famer and two-time prostate cancer survivor Booker Edgerson, as well as Marlon Kerner, Ed Rutkowski, Marlo Perry, Ken Jones, Bob Dugan, Will Fowler, Jeff Nixon and Lou Piccone.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation’s major health initiative, Cure the Blue, a prostate cancer awareness, education and research program.

There will also be a special halftime discussion session where fans can ask Bill’s alumni questions and get their take on the first half of the game.

The Bills Alumni Foundation has donated more than $2.7 million to local charities in western New York over the past 20 years.

Join startup entrepreneurs in Rochester for a meeting every first Thursday of the month. This month’s event will be held Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Roc Brewing, 56 S. Union St., Rochester.

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Catch up on the latest news from the Buffalo Niagara economy:

In western New York, healthcare workers have many stories to tell about how they made it through the blizzard on the job.

Legal marijuana sales started Thursday in the state but not in western New York due to a lawsuit that resulted in an injunction halting sales here.

World Central Kitchen is back Help feed Buffalo’s East Side in response to the blizzard which paralyzed the city for almost a week.

Wells Enterprises will cut 183 jobs at its Dunkirk plantthat’s fewer than the 319 employees the company had previously planned to lay off.

A three-year contract takes care of that Highmark members continue to have access to the network at Catholic Health facilities.

Athenex is closing its Newstead manufacturing facility and dismissal of all 92 employees as of March 17.

Initial efforts are underway in preparation for the third phase of the project to redevelop the Northland complex in Buffalo.

The state is looking for ideas to rehabilitate a prison that closed in Gowanda last year.

The federal funds were needed to get a tech hub program off the ground was included in a year-end bill before Congress.

Costs vs Benefits: This is the compromise at the heart of the climate protection plan proposed by the state.

A development agency hires a consultant to come up with something Ways to improve infrastructure between Canalside and the redesigned Centennial Park.

Sluggish hiring in the Buffalo Niagara area is being caused by a labor shortageand local officials are beginning to look for ways to ease the crisis.

After that, big changes will come to the state’s energy markets a plan to reduce harmful emissions has been approved by an advisory board.

ICYMI

Five readings from Buffalo Next:

1. Recover for the Buffalo Niagara economy: The value of all goods and services produced in the region, which fell 3.4% during the pandemic, rebounded last year, up 5.3%.

2. The Bills make you want to go shopping: How Buffalo Bills merchandise is one of the hottest local gifts this holiday season.

3. How will Are Western New York Colleges Recovering From Covid-19? Enrollment at some local schools is holding up, while others are struggling to attract students.

4. New life for old stones: How a Buffalo company is finding new uses for old brick and stone in construction projects.

5. Major changes are proposed for the state’s energy marketsand it could change the way residents heat their homes and prepare their food in the years to come.

The Buffalo Next team brings you an overview of the region’s economic revitalization. Email tips to [email protected] or call Buffalo Next Editor David Robinson at 716-849-4435.

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