posted on October 17, 2011 07:39
Batavia’s Lowe’s Store on Veteran’s Memorial Drive is closing.
Employees of the store were summoned to a mandatory meeting last night and told the store would be closing.
WBTA News Partner The Batavian confirmed the closing with Store Manager Ray Robare.
He said the closing date has not yet been established.
No reason was given for the closing.
The store employs about 90 people.
Lowe’s biggest competitor, Home Depot, opened first in Batavia.
Home Depot is located directly across the street.
A wind advisory is in effect for several counties in Western New York, including Genesee and Orleans. The National Weather service issued the warning early this morning, and it will remain active until 7 this evening. During the warnings wind highs are expected to reach 50-miles-per-hour.
A Batavia man has been arrested for allegedly possessing an electronic stun gun.
51-year-old Theodore Murphy of Central Avenue, Batavia is charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Murphy has been jailed without bail.
Thousands of public workers from the state's second largest labor union might avoid layoffs after a tentative reworked contract has been hammered out. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the new deal with the Public Employees Federation changes some of the language but remains revenue neutral from the previous offer. The union had been facing 35-hundred layoffs following its rejection of the first contract deal. The union's executive board will meet in Albany this afternoon. If it's approved, the Governor says he will delay the layoffs so a ratification vote can take place by the union.
WBTA Eye on Government:
The Batavia City School Board meets tonight.
The meeting is slated to begin at 7, but the board routinely enters into executive session from which the public is barred.
The school board meets in the administration building on Washington Avenue.