Spot Coffee Brews Business, M&T Looks to Hire

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 7:23 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 7:23 AM EDT

Spot Coffee has big plans for growth in the U.S. and around the globe. A report in today's Business First shows how spot has an aggressive plan for Upstate New York, Southern Ontario, South Florida and overseas. Spot was founded in Buffalo in 1996 and has been owned by a Canadian investment group since 2004. Right now, Spot has 10 stores, including five in the Buffalo area. The number should hit 15 later this year. In the next five years, the company hopes to have more than 70 cafes with locations as far away as Dublin, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Dubai. The downtown location at Delaware and Chippewa will soon have a new, higher-capacity roaster ­ where customers can watch the process like a microbrewery. It's a $100,000 investment.

M&T Bank is depositing jobs in WNY thanks to acquisitions and new business.
A report in today's Business First shows how the largest bank in WNY is aiming to fill 329 local positions right now, plus a large number of other jobs will be created later this year. The jobs range from retail services to mortgages and consumer lending, also technology, credit and finance.