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The site of the Station Twelve development on Sheridan Drive in Amherst on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.


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Athleta picks another location in Amherst with station twelve delay

A national women’s activewear retailer — once primed for the troubled Station Twelve project in Amherst — has chosen another Amherst location for its first Buffalo-area store.

Athleta was among the first tenants slated to come to Station Twelve on Sheridan Drive, but with that project being delayed, it will instead open in the bustling The Boulevard plaza on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

This is one of many stores in recent years to move onto Station Twelve, sited for the former Northtown Plaza.

LL Bean announced last year that it would not come to Station Twelve, like Athleta, in favor of the old boulevard in Consumer Square, a property of Benderson Development Co. The two places are only a few miles l each other. LL Bean is now open at the Boulevard.

Additionally, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery no longer plans to open a boutique at Station Twelve, and Public Espresso recently said it has suspended a planned third cafe there.

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Athleta will open in 4,500 square feet of space vacated by a Sprint/T-Mobile store. . The Boulevard recently announced on their Facebook page that Athletica would be coming.

The boulevard is a 700,000 square foot open-air plaza with a mix of big-box stores, boutiques, restaurants, and cable TV and mobile service outlets. There are over 50 stores in the square, including anchors Nordstrom Rack, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s and Target.

Massachusetts-based WS Development is behind schedule with plans for the 350,000-square-foot Station Twelve, a large outdoor lifestyle center comprised of commercial buildings surrounding a public green space meant to provide all-day entertainment. the year. The center is anchored by a Whole Foods which has been open since 2017.

Work stopped there in March 2020 – at the start of the pandemic – and only recently resumed. Brian Sciera, a senior executive at WS Development, told The News in February that the company’s goal was to open the first retail buildings to customers by fall 2023. A tenant who will open this year, Sciera said, is the At Home store.

There are three unfinished structures at Station Twelve, located in a desolate area west of Whole Foods. WS Development recently received a six-month extension until October 13 from the City of Amherst on its building permits.

The company paid $18.5 million in 2015 for the 18-acre site on Sheridan near Niagara Falls Boulevard.

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The boulevard has seen some store movements in the square in recent months.

Marshalls, the off-price homewear and fashion retailer, opened there earlier this month using most of the former space previously occupied by Babies “R” Us.

In March, Buff City Soap opened in the plaza. The national chain of herbal soap stores also has a location on Transit Road in Clarence.

Next to where Athleta plans to open, plus-size women’s clothing store Lane Bryant closed on April 24. Lane Bryant also owns a store in the McKinley Plaza area in Hamburg and the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.

Walden Galleria expands its hours

The region’s largest mall will extend its weekend hours from Friday, several months after cutting them after the holiday season.

Walden Galleria will begin operating this week for two additional hours on Friday and Saturday evenings, and one additional hour on Sunday.

“Given pent-up demand for later shopping hours, combined with the easing of restrictions for travellers, we look forward to extending mall hours,” said Alex Corbelli, Marketing Director of Walden. Gallery.

The mall will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; and Monday through Thursday, hours will remain stable from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Restaurants and entertainment venues may continue to offer extended hours.

Effective January 2, Walden Galleria had reduced its hours of operation to 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. At the time, the Galleria joined other major malls in Buffalo Niagara in reducing its normal hours of operation as the pandemic reduced store traffic and online shopping continued to thrive.

But since then, the statewide indoor mask mandate has expired and many other Covid-19 related restrictions, such as vaccination mandates, have been eased across the state and region.

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Want to know more? Three stories to catch up with you:

• Developer still “optimistic” on Station Twelve as work restarts

• The Walden Galleria cuts its hours after the New Year

• LL Bean still comes to Amherst, but not where they said they would come

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