Braymiller Mar­ket – not Tops – headed for Buf­falo in 201 El­li­cott project

The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - By Jonathan D. Ep­stein

Tops Mar­kets won’t be com­ing to down­town Buf­falo af­ter all. But Ham­burg pro­duce mar­ket op­er­a­tor Braymiller Mar­ket will.

In a ma­jor change in plans for a ma­jor El­li­cott Street project, the small South­towns mar­ket known for sell­ing fresh pro­duce and spe­cialty food items is re­plac­ing the Wil­liamsville-based gro­cery chain as the an­chor re­tailer for a new $50 mil­lion con­struc­tion project planned for El­li­cott Street.

Braymiller owner Stu­art Green plans to open a new store and whole­sale op­er­a­tion as part of Ciminelli Real Es­tate Corp.’s af­ford­able hous­ing devel­op­ment to be con­structed be­tween the Ni­a­gara Fron­tier Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity bus sta­tion and the Cen­tral Li­brary.

The new busi­ness – which will be owned and op­er­ated by Green, in­clud­ing its por­tion of the build­ing – will pro­vide “lo­cally sourced” fresh fruits, vegeta­bles and other per­ish­able goods to a cus­tomer base that will in­clude both in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses, such as restau­rants. It will also of­fer freshly made soups, sal­ads, meals, baked items and sand­wiches in its deli. Sea­sonal plants will also be avail­able for pur­chase.

“It’ll be a des­ti­na­tion that we’re try­ing to cre­ate down­town, just like Braymiller Mar­ket has been for 78 years out in Ham­burg,” Green said. “We fig­ure out

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