Section: Business,  Page: D1

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pub set to open Friday at Quackenbush House

ALBANY -- The latest Matt Baumgartner venture opens at noon on Friday.

The Olde English Pub and Pantry is located at Quackenbush House, where Broadway meets Clinton Avenue, on the northern edge of downtown Albany. The building, which is owned by Capitalize Albany Corp., the city's economic development arm, has been vacant since 2010.

Baumgartner owns two Bombers Burrito locations, in Schenectady and Albany, and Wolff's Biergarten in Albany. The Olde English will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

-- Chris Churchill

GE will supply turbines for Illinois wind farms

SCHENECTADY -- General Electric Co. said Tuesday it will supply 188 wind turbines to E.ON Climate & Renewables NA, which is developing the Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County, Illinois, and the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois and Ford counties in Illinois. GE didn't disclose the value of the contract, which also includes related operation and maintenance services.

Each wind farm will have 94 turbines and they will be spread out over several thousand acres of farmland. At full capacity, the two farms will be able to power 115,000 households.

GE's renewable energy operations are based in Schenectady.

-- Eric Anderson

Best Buy Mobile to open at Crossgates Mall

GUILDERLAND -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Best Buy Mobile store at Crossgates Mall will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. The boutique-style store is located on the mall's lower level, next to Brookstone.

Crossgates Mall already has a full-size Best Buy store on its upper level. Best Buy Mobile, a joint venture between Best Buy and European retailer Carphone Warehouse, was launched in 2008 and now operates in 218 standalone stores and in all 1,102 Best Buy stores nationwide.

Best Buy Mobile carries 90 different handsets from nine carriers, as well as accessories, Crossgates said in a release.

-- Eric Anderson

Roller skating center's reopening to be Saturday

ROTTERDAM -- Rollarama Skating Center on Hamburg Street in Rotterdam will hold a grand reopening ceremony hosted by the Chamber of Schenectady County on Saturday at 11 a.m. The roller skating rink, founded in 1957, has undergone an exterior remodeling.

Those at the ceremony will receive a wristband entitling them to free admission during the noon-6 p.m. public skating session. A discounted admission of $3 will be offered to those without wristbands, said owner Scott Newberry.

-- Staff report