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Western New York, April 2017

Expansions and openings 

New this month

Although ridesharing won’t make its debut in the Buffalo area until July,interested drivers may begin applying for positions with Uber and Lyft now.  Interested applicants can go the following websites for job requirements and apply.  Preliminary projectionss are showing the ability to bring ride sharing to the Buffalo area and upstate New York could create more than 13,000 jobs.

A new train station will be built Downtown Buffalo as decided by the Buffalo Train Station Selection Committee on April 20th and now the state Department of Transportation will decide where in downtown it will be built.  The state has set aside $25 million for the new station and additional government money will be needed to pay for the rest of the $33 to $86 million that the new station will cost.

Canadian logistics company BorderWorx Logistics is pledging to create 86 new jobs with its expansion at its new storage and distribution facility in Sanborn (Niagara County).  The company, which currently has 10 employees, provides clients with inventory storage, order processing, returns management and other various services. 

Layoffs and closings


New This Month

Payless ShoeSource ,a Topeka, Kansas-based shoe retailer announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  As part of the company’s reorganization, the retailer will be immediately close nearly 400 of its 4,400 stores. Five local stores will be affected as a result of the closures.  They include:

  •  Hamburg – 5999 S. Park Ave.
  •  North Tonawanda – 301 Meadow Dr.
  • Williamsville – Eastgate Plaza, 5049 Transit Rd.
  •  Williamsville – Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd.
  •   East Aurora – Aurora Village SC, 123 Grey St 

Two local  Family Dollar stores in Erie County will close.  The locations, one in Grand Island and one in East Aurora are two of the 323 stores across the country being sold to Dollar General. 

 Rue21, a teen fashion retail store will close 400 stores across the country, including four in Western New York.  The company is closing unprofitable stores to become more cost efficient.  At this time, there is no specific closing date specified. The following locations are affected:

  •  Walmart Plaza, 5350 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.
  •  Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, 1620 Military Road, Niagara Falls.
  • Quaker Crossing, 3445 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park.
  • Olean Mall, 400 N. Union St., Olean.

Labor Disputes


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