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    Wilson Farms Stores Get a Makeover

    Several of the New York retailer's stores will see exterior face-lifts featuring the latest design.

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- WFI Acquisition, the group that bought the Wilson Farms convenience store chain from Tops Markets in mid-2005, will give a number of its stores here new exteriors, beginning at the store on Ontario St., here, The Buffalo News reported.

    "This expansion means our customers will have even more reasons to shop at Wilson Farms and we will be able to better meet their needs as a their neighborhood food store," Wilson Farms President and Chief Executive Paul Nanula said in a written statement cited by the paper.

    Earlier this week, the Buffalo Planning Board approved plans to more than double the size of the existing store, from about 2,500 square feet to more than 4,600 square feet, the report stated.

    The expansion will also feature a new façade that will serve as the new brand standard for the c-store chain, the newspaper reported. The updated exterior includes a smooth, dark tan stucco with brick accents, red awnings and updated signs. The design, by Buffalo's TRM Architects, is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000 per store, according to the report.

    Following the first store will be a 30-year-old facility on Elmwood Ave. here, The Buffalo News reported.

    Other stores selected for exterior improvements include: 2412 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; 4075 Seneca St., West Seneca; and 422 Division St. and 837 Nash Road, both in North Tonawanda.

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