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Wisebuys Deal Crumbles Over Village Demands

The Wisebuys retail store was one signature away from opening its doors before Christmas, at a new location in Saranac Lake. The last-minute deal fell through when village officials demanded that the owner of the old Ames store spend hundreds of thousands of dollar to improve their building. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake: Wisebuys Deal "Dead"

The founder of Wisebuys - a new regional retail store - says his company won't be opening an outlet in Saranac Lake. Late last week, Tom Scozzafava told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the deal was "officially dead". Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Mohawks Take Taxation Issue to Tribe

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is taking its approach to the state's taxation plan to the people. Tribal members will vote in a referendum on the issue November 29th, two days before the tax plan is to take effect. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Retail Brings Needed Jobs

When Ames closed its stores almost a year ago, it left a retail gap in the North Country's small towns. From Saranac Lake to Lowville, people voiced their frustrations in getting basic items, from socks and underwear to sewing notions and shower curtains. The Ames closure also left an employment gap in the region, one that new retail stores are starting to fill. Wise Buys opens in Canton this weekend and Hacketts opens in Potsdam in November. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Oppose NY Tax Plan

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe last week lashed out against the state's plan to collect cigarette and gas taxes on reservations. Earlier this month, the state taxation department released a plan to tax non-native purchases at native-owned gas and tobacco shops. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

'Wise Buys' Stays Local

St. Lawrence County-based partners developing a retail chain to replace Ames Department Stores are taking a local approach to get off the ground. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Former Ames CEO Joins 'Wise Buys' Team

A group of North Country investors hope to have a chain of department stores to replace Ames open by the end of the summer in up to seven towns in northern New York. As David Sommerstein reports, the developers have recruited Ames' former CEO to be chairman of the board for the new company.  Go to full article

'Wise Buys' Details Emerging

Plans for a North Country based retail chain to replace the Ames stores are slowly emerging. Investors in the "Wise Buys" project say they're pushing aggressively to open stores in May. But as David Sommerstein reports, they have to overcome the risky retail business climate.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Rally Embraces Wal-Mart

Two hundred local residents turned out in Saranac Lake last night, for what turned into a pro Wal-Mart pep rally. Some people worry that the company's big box stores would tarnish the village's rustic character and hurt small businesses. But as Brian Mann reports, most who spoke at the meeting say a Wal-Mart store would turn Saranac Lake into a regional shopping hub.  Go to full article

Filling the Post-Ames Void

When Ames Department Stores close their doors for good in a dozen North Country communities later this fall, they'll leave behind a retail void. Small town residents will have to drive to larger towns to find everyday goods from socks to Christmas lights to dish drainers. Many areas are scrambling to find other retailers to fill the gap - the so-called "big boxes" like Target or Walmart. The village of Potsdam is one such place. But in the meanwhile, it's using college students to do market research to help local stores fill the Ames niche and keep shoppers close to home. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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