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Walden Galleria Walden Galleria sign Location Cheektowaga, New York, USA Opening date 1989 Developer The Pyramid Companies No. of stores and services 250 No. of anchor tenants 8 Total retail floor area 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2)[1] No. of floors 2 Website Walden Galleria is an enclosed shopping mall located in the town of Cheektowaga, New York. Walden Galleria comprises more than 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) of retail space, with 250 stores on two levels, including a food court and a movie theater. Anchor stores include Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, DSW Shoe Warehouse, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Old Navy, and Sears. The mall is owned and managed by The Pyramid Companies of Syracuse, New York, the same management firm that developed it. Opened in 1989, Walden Galleria initially featured national chains JCPenney and Sears, along with regional chain Bonwit Teller, and local chains Sibley's, L. L. Berger, and The Sample as its major tenants; the bankruptcies of these chains in the 1990s made way for several big-box stores. Anchors Lord & Taylor and Galyan's (now Dick's Sporting Goods) were later additions to the existing mall property, opening in 1992 and 2000, respectively. The most recent renovation to Walden Galleria comprised an extensive $60 million renovation between 2006 and 2008, which added several new tenants, as well as a new theater. The mall is home to many upscale tenants including Abercrombie & Fitch, Coach, Pottery Barn, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Sephora, and bebe. Contents 1 History 1.1 Mid-late 1990s 1.2 2000s 1.3 2006-present: Expansion 1.4 Present-day 2 References 3 External links // History JCPenney, one of the original anchor stores to Walden Galleria Walden Galleria was developed by The Pyramid Companies, a New York-based shopping center management firm. Built on a site near Exit 52 of the New York State Thruway, the mall was opened in 1989. At the time, the mall featured six anchor stores: national chains JCPenney, and Sears, regional chain Bonwit Teller, and three Buffalo-based chains: Sibley's, L. L. Berger, and The Sample.[2] Sibley's opened in late 1988, several months before the rest of the mall.[3] An additional anchor space was originally built for B. Altman and Company, but it remained vacant, as the chain decided not to open the Walden Galleria store due to credit restraints.[4] At the time, the two-story mall also featured more than 150 stores, as well as a theater owned by Hoyts Cinemas. In 1990, Sibley's parent, May Co., merged operations with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Kaufmann's. That same year, local chain AM&A's (Adam, Meldrum & Anderson Company) moved from the nearby Thruway Mall into the space originally planned for B. Altman.[5] The owner of the Thruway Mall sued the AM&A's chain, claiming breach of contract;[6] the chain would later be declared liable for damages to the Thruway Mall, which was subsequently torn down and rebuilt as a strip mall in the early 1990s.[7] The Thruway Mall AM&A's building does remain and is now a Value City Furniture store. Finally, Hoyts sold the Walden Galleria theater complex to General Cinemas by the end of the year.[8] Lord & Taylor's store at Walden Galleria. L. L. Berger declared bankruptcy in 1991, closing all of its stores.[9] Later that same year, three more anchor stores are added to the mall: Lechmere, Loehmann's, and Lord & Taylor.[10] The Sample closed in 1991, and was soon replaced with Linens & Wares, a household goods-based retailer;[11] also, by the end of the year, Filene's Basement would open in the former L. L. Berger space. Both Filene's Basement and Loehmann's would close within three years.[12][13] Mid-late 1990s In 1995, York, Pennsylvania-based department store chain The Bon-Ton acquired the AM&A's chain, converting all outlets to The Bon-Ton. Later that year, 17-year-old Cynthia Wiggins of Buffalo was killed by a dump truck while trying to get to her first day of work in the mall's food court from a NFTA Metro bus stop on Walden Avenue. The incident sparked allegations from Buffalo's African-American community that Pyramid did not want people from Buffalo's predominantly minority East Side to have easy access to the mall. In settling a wrongful death claim against Walden Galleria and NFTA Metro, and to prevent a boycott of the mall, the bus stop was soon moved to a point inside the mall.[14][15][16] Bonwit Teller closed off its upper level in 1996 as part of the chain's restructuring, with Old Navy soon opening in the store's former upper level.[17] By the end of the year, Bonwit Teller had closed the rest of its store as well, with the lower level becoming the area's first Bed Bath & Beyond store in 1997.[18][19] Also in 1996, sporting apparel retailer Finish Line opened what was then one of its largest stores, in the space vacated by Filene's Basement two years previous.[20] Dick's Sporting Goods at Walden Galleria, formerly Galyan's Trading Company. Montgomery Ward, which acquired the Lechmere chain in 1994, closed the last of the Lechmere stores nationwide in 1998, as part of a corporate restructuring.[21] After its closure, half of the former Lechmere was then converted to a home store for JCPenney,[22] while the other half sat vacant until DSW Shoe Warehouse replaced it in 1999.[23] Linens 'n Wares, which closed at some point in the late 1990s, was converted to a home store for Kaufmann's in 1999 as well.[24] One year later, a Galyan's Trading Company store was added onto the mall as well, with this store being renamed Dick's Sporting Goods in 2004 following the acquisition of the Galyan's chain. 2000s Starting in 2000, the first of several renovation plans was announced for the mall. The initial plan called for the addition of a new, three-story wing with an eighteen-screen movie theater complex, as well as several upscale tenants. Under this proposal, the existing Sears store would have been converted to mall space, and a new Sears store built immediately behind it.[25] These expansion plans never came to fruition. By 2002, General Cinemas had sold the mall's theater complex to AMC Theatres.[8] One year later, Pyramid made a failed attempt to evict the theaters for a Best Buy store,[8][26] although Best Buy would open a store at the mall next to Sears in 2006.[27] AMC closed the mall's theaters in 2004, and only four days after closing, the theater complex was acquired and reopened by Regal Cinemas.[8] The JCPenney Home Store, which was closed in 2002, was replaced one year later by the first Steve & Barry's store in the state of New York.[28] Kaufmann's was one of several former May Co. brands to be acquired and re-named by Macy's in 2005, and while the main Kaufmann's store was converted to Macy's, the Home Store was shuttered. Also in 2005, The Bon-Ton closed.[29] Bed Bath & Beyond moved outside the mall in 2007 with Colton RV taking its space, and Steve & Barry's closed in 2009 with the chain's bankruptcy. 2006-present: Expansion Construction of the new concourse. With the closure of The Bon-Ton in 2005, plans were once again announced to expand the Walden Galleria. Under these new plans, The Bon-Ton's former store was demolished for a concourse composed of more than 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of new retail space. The mall's existing theater complex, which was located next to The Bon-Ton, was also demolished for a newer, larger theater complex, which opened at the end of May 2008.[30][31] Barnes & Noble was planned for the former theater space, but never opened. Several new restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and The Melting Pot, were also added, as were new tenants such as The Walking Company, Oakley, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, and Coach.[31][32] Present-day Walden Galleria is the largest mall in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area,[30] as well as the busiest, with more than 18 million shoppers annually.[31] Its anchor stores as of 2010 are Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, DSW Shoe Warehouse, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Old Navy, and Sears.[33] References ^ "Directory of Major Malls". International Council of Shopping Centers. Retrieved 2008-05-20.  ^ Robinson, David (1989-04-30). "Galleria set for opening on Monday: Area awaits impact of new megamall". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "LORD &TAYLOR, FILENE'S SET FOR GALLERIA CONSTRUCTION TO START SOON FOR THE TWO STORES AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL PARKING". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2010-11-22.  ^ "COMPANY NEWS; Hooker Corp. Receivables". The New York Times. 1989-09-26. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "AM&A sets new Buffalo, N.Y. unit. (brief article)". Daily News Record. 1990-09. Retrieved 2007-10-01. [dead link] ^ "Thruway Mall sues AM&A's chain for moving to Galleria". The Buffalo News. 1990-06-12. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "AM&A's loses court ruling in mall dispute". The Buffalo News. 1990-10-11. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ a b c d "Cinema Treasures: Walden Galleria 12". Cinema Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Berger files Chap. 11 (brief article)". Daily News Record. 1991-01. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Lord & Taylor, Filene's Basement set for Galleria construction to start soon for the two stores as well as additional parking". The Buffalo News. 1990-12-01. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Linens & Wares taking Sample Galleria space". The Buffalo News. 1991-03-27. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Filene's Basement closing Galleria store". The Buffalo News. 1994-01-21. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Loehmann's exits Buffalo market for the second time". The Buffalo News. 1994-10-04. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ Nieves, Evelyn (1996-12-19). "The Cynthia Wiggins case". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  ^ "Buffalo, NY, Family Settles For $2.55 Mil. In Suit Charging Woman's Death Was Due To Racism At Mall (Jet)". Jet. 1999. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  ^ "Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. takes case of black teen killed by dump truck on her way to mall". Jet. 1996. Retrieved 2008-05-18.  ^ "Bonwit Teller downsizing Walden Galleria store". The Buffalo News. 1996-07-20. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Bed Bath & Beyond opens first area store in Galleria". The Buffalo News. 1997-05-01. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Bonwit Teller store closing". The Buffalo News. 1996-10-18. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Galleria adding big Finish Line apparel store". The Buffalo News. 1996-06-11. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Parent company plans to close Lechmere stores". The Buffalo News. 1997-08-01. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Six new stores have leased space in Walden Galleria". The Buffalo News. 1998-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Off-Price Shoe Retailer Plans Cheektowaga, N.Y., Store.". Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News. 1999-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ "Furniture added at Kaufmann's location". The Buffalo News. 1999-11-03. Retrieved 2007-09-23.  ^ "Buffalo, N.Y., Shopping Mall to Add Wing with Stores, Eateries, Parking Deck.". The Buffalo News. 2000-12-04. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ Haarlander, Lisa (2003-05-08). "Best Buy Decides against Opening Store in Buffalo, N.Y., Mall.". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2007-09-23.  ^ Lindstedtn, Sharon (2006-02-23). "Best Buy plans to build store at Walden Galleria near Sears". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2007-09-23.  ^ Haarlander, Lisa (2003-07-23). "Collegiate Apparel Store Opens in Buffalo, N.Y., Galleria.". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2007-09-23.  ^ "Bon-Ton closing Walden Galleria store". Business First of Buffalo. 2005-11-16. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ a b "Expansion plans filed by Galleria". Cheektowaga Times. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  ^ a b c Fink, James (2007-06-16). "Walden Galleria getting bigger". Business First of Buffalo. Retrieved 2007-09-23.  ^ Fink, James (2008-05-13). "Three new retailers come to Galleria". Retrieved 2008-05-14.  ^ "Walden Galleria". Pyramid Management. 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