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What's Happening This Week in Buffalo Niagara Business


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What to know about the week ahead

The proposed Quicklee’s store in the city of Niagara: The Quicklee’s Convenience Store chain could be coming to Western New York.

Avon-based Quicklee’s Inc. is proposing to construct a new gas station and convenience store in the City of Niagara at 6021 Porter Road between Military Road and the Niagara Falls city limit. It’s just off the Porter and Packard exits of the Niagara Thruway, near Aldi and Value Home centers.

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

Dollar General Store in Lockport under review: Also this week in Niagara County, the Town of Lockport Planning Board will consider a proposal by Broadway Group of Huntsville, Ala., for a new 10,640 square foot Dollar General Store at 4919 Sunset Drive, Upper Mountain. Road.

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The committee 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.

Bills watch party at the local golf course: Diamond Hawk Golf Course will host a “Monday Night Football” party which will help raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer.

The party, which is a collaboration with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Monday at The Hawk Bar and Restaurant at the golf course located at 255 Sonwill Drive, Cheektawaga, near the airport.

Several Bills alumni will be in attendance, including Bills 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 important health care initiative, “Cure the Blue,” a prostate cancer awareness, education and research program.

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

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

Join Startup Entrepreneurs in Rochester for a meetup every first Thursday of the month. This month’s event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Roc Brewing, 56 S. Union St., Rochester.


Keep up to date with the latest economic news from Buffalo Niagara:

In western New York, healthcare workers have many stories to tell on how they weathered the blizzard while on the job.

Legal marijuana sales launched in the state on Thursday but not in Western New York due to a lawsuit that led to an injunction suspending sales here.

World Central Kitchen is back help feed the East Side of Buffalo in response to the blizzard which paralyzed the city for nearly a week.

Wells Enterprises to cut 183 jobs at its Dunkirk factoryfewer than the 319 employees the company previously planned to lay off.

A concluded three-year agreement guarantees Highmark members will continue to have access to the network to receive care at Catholic Health facilities.

Athenex closes its Newstead production plant and lay off all 92 employees effective March 17.

First efforts are underway to prepare for the third phase of the Northland complex redevelopment project in Buffalo.

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

Federal funding needed to launch a technology hub program was included in a year-end spending bill before Congress.

Cost vs Benefits: This is the compromise at the center of the state’s proposed climate change plan.

A development agency recruits a consultant to propose ways to improve the infrastructure connecting Canalside and the redesigned Centennial Park.

Slow hiring in the Buffalo Niagara region is due to a shortage of workersand local officials are beginning to look for ways to alleviate the crisis.

Big changes are coming to state energy markets after a plan to reduce harmful emissions has been approved by an advisory committee.


Five reads from Buffalo Next:

1. Bounce Back for Buffalo Niagara’s Economy: The value of all goods and services produced in the region, which had fallen by 3.4% during the pandemic, came back strong last year, with a gain of 5.3%.

2. The bills make me want to shop: How Buffalo Bills merchandise is among the hottest local gift items this holiday season.

3. How Higher Education Institutions in Western New York Recovering from Covid-19? Enrollment in some local schools is holding up, but others are struggling to attract students.

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

5. Big changes are proposed for state energy marketsand it could change the way residents heat their homes and cook their food for years to come.

The Buffalo Next team gives you insight into the economic revitalization of the region. Email tips to or contact Buffalo Next editor David Robinson at 716-849-4435.

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