Lockport Mall

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Lockport Mall
LocationLockport, New York
Opening date1971
Closing date2006
No. of stores and services1
No. of anchor tenants3 (2 vacant)
Total retail floor area340,000 square feet[1]
No. of floors1
 
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Lockport Mall
LocationLockport, New York
Opening date1971
Closing date2006
No. of stores and services1
No. of anchor tenants3 (2 vacant)
Total retail floor area340,000 square feet[1]
No. of floors1

Lockport Mall was an enclosed shopping mall in Lockport, New York located on Transit Road (NY 78). It opened in 1971 and included three anchor stores as well as a movie theater and a Garfields Restaurant and Pub.The mall was known for the only Montgomery Ward store location in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. The mall closed in 2006 except for the Bon-Ton department store. First announced in 2007, plans for a Walmart supercenter would displace the rest of the former mall building. The mall's demolition began in April 2011.

History[edit]

Lockport Mall opened in 1971 and was acquired by General Growth Properties seven years later.[2] Original tenants included AM&A's, a local department store chain (which became The Bon-Ton in 1995), Montgomery Ward, which moved into the mall from a store in Downtown Lockport, and The Sample, a local small department store. Also within the mall were Kinney Shoes, Fanny Farmer, Morse Shoes, Hickory Farms, Deb Shops, CVS Pharmacy, Fashion Bug, Kay Jewelers, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Radio Shack, Aladdin's Castle, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Regis Salons, and Waldenbooks, and a movie theater. A 1984 expansion added Hills Department Store. The Sample closed in 1991. Hills became Ames in 1999; the same year, Montgomery Ward closed and became Rosa's Furniture. Due to the closing of Montgomery Ward, the mall started to decline. Ames closed in 2002, followed by many other mall stores.

Plans were first announced in 2003 to demolish everything but the Bon-Ton building and replace the mall structure with a Walmart supercenter.[3][2] By late 2004, only nine stores remained operational at the mall, which at that point was slated for closure.[4] Rosas closed in 2005. The theaters closed in January 2007.

The mall sat for several years until 2011, when it was finally demolished except for The Bon-Ton. Construction of the Walmart has repeatedly been halted due to seagulls nesting on the site.[5] In October 2013, construction finally continued on the site, and it is expected to be open by August 2014.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fink, James (17 April 2009). "Lockport Mall owner in bankruptcy". Business First of Buffalo. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Fink, James (17 November 2003). "Big changes coming to Lockport". Business First of Buffalo. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Haarlander, Lisa (20 November 2003). "Wal-Mart eyes Lockport site". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Linstedt, Sharon (17 November 2000). "Rosa's to open Lockport Mall store". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  5. ^ http://lockportjournal.com/local/x1121361286/Block-of-seagulls
  6. ^ http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/lockport/lockport-walmart-supercenter-targeted-for-aug-15-opening-20131023