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Pandemic impact will be long-lasting, economist tells commercial Realtors (access required)

Flanked by iconic LeRoy Neiman artwork of Muhammad Ali on his office wall, Ted Jones provided an in-depth look at the U.S. economy for the Rochester Area Chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors on Thursday afternoon. ...

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Electric vehicles are top of mind for Amazon’s Lexington Avenue facility (access required)

Amazon announced it has officially signed a lease for the under-construction delivery location on Lexington Avenue in Greece that is being designed to accommodate electric vehicles. From the layout to the electrical design, the 180,000-square-foot Lexington Avenue facility will provide ...

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Tops Friendly Markets merging with Price Chopper (access required)

Tops Friendly Markets and Price Chopper/Market 32 are merging, creating the third-largest grocery retailer in the Northeast. The independently operated firms announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. The combined company will operate 293 stores. The ...

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Commercial real estate faring better than expected at pandemic’s onset (access required)

Commercial real estate continues to be a solid investment overall, even during COVID-19, those in the field say, with banks generally more willing to lend money to such projects now than they were at the start of the pandemic. Continued ...

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Elmridge Center has a new owner (access required)

Elmridge Center in Greece, which in recent years endured the loss of major tenants and a foreclosure proceeding, has a new owner. Tabani Acquisitions, LLC, a Dallas-based real estate development company, purchased the 468,615-square-foot property during a recent online auction. ...

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Bronson to lead Assembly’s working group on economic recovery (access required)

The New York State Assembly has created an internal working group to focus on economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, with Harry Bronson (D-Rochester) serving as a co-leader. Bronson, chair of the Assembly’s economic development, job creation, ...

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Dick’s bringing its first ‘concept’ store to Eastview (access required)

If brick and mortar retail is going the way of phone booths and one-hour photo labs, progress forgot to tell Dick’s Sporting Goods. The nation’s largest sporting good retailer will open a 100,000-square-foot prototype superstore in Eastview Mall in March ...

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Sales begin in wake of Christopher & Banks bankruptcy filing (access required)

Liquidation sales are underway at the three area Christopher & Banks stores as the Minneapolis-based women’s apparel retailer prepares to cease brick-and-mortar operations nationwide. Christopher & Banks has locations in The Mall at Greece Ridge, Marketplace Mall and Eastview Mall, ...

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Harbor Freight Tools to open third Rochester location (access required)

Harbor Freight Tools will be opening another store in the Rochester metro area. The newest Harbor Freight Tools will be located in Panorama Plaza at 1601 Penfield Road, with the doors expected to open to the public in the spring. ...

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City boosts grant funding for small businesses (access required)

The city of Rochester has expanded two assistance programs that provide support for small businesses, the Online Resources Delivering Excellent Results (ORDER) Grant and the Business Emergency Retention Grant (BERG). The ORDER Grant provides up to $5,000 to businesses looking to develop ...

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Taxable sales activity one measure of COVID’s costly economic impact (access required)

Retail industries in New York state have been hit hard this year, a new report from the New York State Association of Counties shows, reinforcing an economic reality of the pandemic. “Coronavirus Economic Impact: Taxable Sales Comparison,” released this month, ...

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Birdhouse Brewing creates mini weekend holiday market (access required)

Birdhouse Brewing Co. in Honeoye has created an open-air weekend public market featuring local vendors to accompany its own beverage and food menu. The public market runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon ...

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More peril awaits small businesses as coronavirus spreads (access required)

Small businesses in Monroe County may face an even more dire short-term existence as the exponential spread of COVID-19 continues, especially if the public doesn’t adhere to suggested precautionary protocols. Those were the blunt warnings from Monroe County Executive Adam ...

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Online efforts prove to be saving grace for many businesses (access required)

Like most business owners, Rick Dorschel did not have “global pandemic” written on his dance card. With his business forced to close temporarily this year, Dorschel Automotive Group lost a whopping $1.5 million a month for three consecutive months. Dorschel, ...

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County establishes small business grant program (access required)

Monroe County is allocating $15 million in CARES Act funding for small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Fast Forward Monroe Small Business Grant Program will provide assistance to businesses with two to 50 full-time employees in ...

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