A company owned by businessman and now-gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has acquired a popular South Buffalo convenience store.
6253 Group Inc., an affiliate of Paladino's Ellicott Development Co., has purchased the former Reese's convenience store on Abbott Road - near the Buffalo/Lackawanna border. The 6253 Group paid $190,000 for the store, which had been owned by the late James Reese, according to documents filed in the Erie County Clerk's office.
Bill Paladino, Paladino's son and Ellicott Development vice president, said his company will be spending the next few weeks renovating the building. It is expected to re-open by early June as the South Buffalo Trading Co.
Ellicott Development has two other convenience store locations - one on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo's Allentown district and the other near the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's main downtown Buffalo branch.
"It will be modeled after what we did with those other locations," Paladino said.
South Buffalo Trading Co. is the first of possibly eight new convenience stores that Ellicott Development is planning to open in the next few years, Paladino said.