BUFFALO, N.Y. — The sign on the door says it all: as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Budwey's on Kenmore Avenue will be no more. Monday morning at 7 a.m., the store will reopen as Dash's Market.
That's bad news for Rick Mitri and his wife.
"I'm not happy with it," Mitri said. "First, there are two Dash's that are close by already that you could have went to if you want Dash's. I think the deals and the prices are better here at Budwey's and the selection of some of the food are better at Budwey's."
The move ends months of speculation that Dash's would be moving into the space occupied by Budwey's since 2005.
What still remains uncertain is the future of this Dash's on Hertel Avenue just a few blocks away. The market has served residents in the area for more than three decades.
"We especially like having it in the neighborhood because we like to walk here and if it goes up to Kenmore it's a little bit out of the walk around the block range but we'd still shop there, it's a great store," said Mariachier.
"I sure hope it doesn't close. This is convenient for me and I would have to drive just that much further," said Gordon.
"We've been a long time customer of Dash's and I hope that they stay here. If they close, we're not gonna be traveling up to Kenmore Avenue to do our shopping. We'll have to transfer to Wegmans," said Mike Kuettle.
Dash's president Joe Dash released a statement on the store's Facebook page in response to concerns about the Hertel Avenue store's future. It said in part, “We have read the comments, emails and letters you have sent us over the last few weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to address your concerns. As I stated in my last posted comment, no decision has been made regarding the closing of our Hertel Avenue location. Our plan is to continue operating our Hertel Avenue location while we assess the viability of operating two stores in the same marketing area.”
Dash goes on to say the move to Kenmore Avenue was in direct response to customer requests for a larger, more state-of-the-art store similar to stores in Clarence and East Amherst.
While the future of the Hertel Avenue store may still be uncertain, customers say they'll keep on coming until a decision is made.