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Mayor Brown Joined Joe Dash, The Owner Of Dash’s Markets To Break Ground For A New State-Of-The-Art
Buffalo, N.Y. – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Joe Dash, owner of Dash’s Markets, to break ground for a $13 million project which will bring a state-of-the-art Dash’s to the corner of Hertel and Starin avenues.
“This is yet another example of a veteran Buffalo business reinvesting in the City. It also continues the surge of momentum we’ve been witnessing of booming business along the Hertel Avenue business corridor,” Mayor Brown said. “Joe’s family has been in the grocery business in Buffalo for nearly a century, and I wish them the best of luck for many decades to come.”
Demolition will begin at the site this month, with the new store slated to open by October 1, 2018. The new, 47,500-square-foot, two-story Dash’s, will replace the current 13,000-square-foot market, located only a few feet away, at 1770 Hertel Ave.
The larger store with increased emphasis on personal service will boost employment from a current 75 associates, up to 175, including 35 full-time employees.
“I’ve always felt strong ties to North Buffalo and the City of Buffalo. My grandparents started in the grocery business just over on Fillmore Avenue 94 years ago, and we’ve been at this location for over 46 years. So this is where are roots are,” said Joe Dash. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for several years, and it turns out that now our timing couldn’t be better with the renaissance of North Buffalo, and the renaissance of the whole City of Buffalo.”
Plans call for the new store to be built on the corner site, adjacent to the existing Dash’s Market. The current store will remain open for business until approximately 8 weeks before the new store opens. The existing market, which dates back to the 1940s, will be razed to create a new, enlarged parking lot, with access off Hertel Avenue.
“My administration has always been a strong supporter of home-grown Buffalo businesses. Small businesses, especially veteran, family-owned businesses, like Dash’s, make up a unique quilt of stores and shops that offer a local flavor you’ll only find in Buffalo and Western New York,” Mayor Brown said.
“I couldn’t be happier with the trajectory for Hertel Avenue. Successful business owners like Joe Dash providing stable neighborhood anchors is beneficial to the sustainability of the entire street,” said Delaware District Common Council Member Joel P. Feroleto.
"I also applaud Dash's for their socially conscious collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Reuse of all salvageable parts of the building before demolition is commendable. Much of the materials removed during this phase of the project will be used in future projects in Western New York designed to assist those in need.”
Dash’s donated hundreds of interior pieces, doors and windows from the buildings which will be demolished to Habitat.
“Hertel Avenue is booming. The vibrancy and diversity of the businesses is making Hertel Avenue a prime destination to shop, and North Buffalo a prime location to lives,” said Judy Porto, President, of the Hertel Avenue Business Association.
Dash, who has opened modern markets in Kenmore, Clarence and East Amherst, said he’s wanted to upgrade the Hertel Avenue market for years, but needed enough land to accommodate a modern store and parking. Things fell into place when he was able to purchase three adjacent properties, allowing him to realize his dream on the 1,700-block of Hertel Avenue. The east wall of the new store will be just eight feet from the existing store at 1770 Hertel Ave.
“Getting the corner properties and not having to move to another part of Hertel is a dream come true. We’ll be able to offer our customers so many new shopping and dining options without disrupting their shopping patterns,” Dash added.
The owner also credited his long-time business partner, Mark Mahoney, EVP and Manager of Dash’s, for driving plans for the Hertel market forward, as well as his family for their support.
The 31,500-square-foot first floor of the new Dash’s will include: an expanded selection of groceries, as well as service meat, cheese, seafood and bakery sections, plus a large prepared foods section.
It will also feature a Dash’s MarketSide Café, which are offered at the company’s three other markets, where customers can sit and eat prepared foods and various teas and coffee beverages.
The market’s 16,000-square-foot second floor mezzanine, outfitted with three fireplaces, will offer seating for up to 180, where shoppers can dine in greater comfort. The U-shaped second floor will also feature windows looking out onto a green roof, which will include trees and grasses.
The upper level will also house a community room where organizations will have the option of catered functions, as well as market offices and an employee break room.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios