Charging stations for electric cars arrive in Wegmans
Wegmans is preparing for the expected boom in electric vehicles.
The supermarket chain is installing two electric vehicle charging stations at its Alberta Drive location.
Volta branded chargers will be owned and operated by a third party Volta. They should be completed within a week or two, according to Wegmans spokeswoman Michele Mehaffy.
Other chargers are planned for other Wegmans sites.
“We are exploring installation in other stores in Western New York for next year, but we have not yet confirmed these potential locations,” she said.
Wegmans has Chargers at its Chestnut Hill store outside of Boston and is building Chargers at its first Connecticut location in Norwalk, which is slated to open in 2024.
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Tops Markets announced that it installed its first electric vehicle charging station at a location in Dutchess County in April, in partnership with the New York Power Authority. It now has chargers at four locations, including one in Williamsville, with plans to expand.
Retailers have found that providing electric vehicle charging stations appeals to customers, especially the more affluent, who tend to shop while waiting for their vehicle to charge. It also places stores on electric vehicle charging locator app maps and attracts new customers who might not have shopped at the store without the allure of a charging station. It also offers retailers a way to earn money from their parking spot.
The number of electric vehicles in use in the United States rose from 1.2 million in 2016 to 11.3 million last year, according to the IEA, a sustainability group. This number is only expected to increase.
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Graphic-Poetry opens in new location
Graphic-Poetry, a stationery and invitation design studio, moved to 38 Main St. in Hamburg Village.
The new location is four times larger than its old one on Buffalo Street, allowing it to offer classes, events, a coloring area for kids and a wider array of merchandise. There is also space for a shipping area, storage room, and one-on-one meeting space for wedding and graphic design clients.
“Having events and other vendors on site is something I’ve always wanted to provide, but I’ve never had the space to do it comfortably,” owner Liz Maute said.
The majority of the store’s brands are owned by women and sourced from independent artists and small local and national businesses.
Opening of a Spectrum store in Williamsville
A new Spectrum location has opened at 5110 Main St. in Williamsville. It offers devices and accessories compatible with Spectrum Mobile, which is only available to Spectrum Internet customers.
Customers can also add or manage their Spectrum internet, mobile, TV or voice services in-store. Customers can also make payments and upgrade or trade equipment.
Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe reopens in new location
The Lancaster Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe has reopened in a larger location at 11 W. Main St., four doors down from its former space.
The new store, which is in the village’s central business district, received money from the state’s Main Street Revitalization Grant Program, which matches funds for facade improvements. These improvements are being designed for a new storefront in the near future.
The new location provides better accessibility and more space for new and expanded product lines.
Spiritually Rooted and her foster cats
Spiritually Rooted, a new age store on Webster Street in North Tonawanda, is known as much for its foster cats as it is for its crystals, tarot decks and psychic readings. Amid its busy retail business, which has achieved newfound popularity with the rise of New Age interest, the store has hosted hundreds of pets for the Erie and Niagara SPCAs.
Also known as The Root, the store offered courses in tarot, oracle, and drum circles; as well as non-denominational church services by owner Pamela Bruns.
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