While big box retailers and local shopping centers were seeing slow traffic, mall operators in the Houston area said they saw the opposite: Full parking lots, arms full of shopping bags and long lines to get in.
When Katy Mills Mall opened at 6 a.m., about 300 people were lined up to be the first in, according to Lisa Connolly, the mall's director of marketing and business development. By 10 a.m., Connolly said, lines were forming to enter popular stores such as Adidas and Coach.
The Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress also saw strong foot traffic throughout the day, Director of Marketing Aleesia Thomas said. In particular, Thomas said she's seen many families come through the mall to shop and get food.
This is actually the second time Best Buy has signaled an interest in setting up shop at the Galleria. In January 2003, the electronics giant said it planned to take over the AMC movie theater space on the upper level of the mall, off the food court. That plan was part of a larger mall renovation concept that did not move forward.
As The Buffalo News reported in April 2005, the Pyramid Corp., which owns the mall, is working on a sweeping update of the north end of the retail complex that is expected to include new theaters, multiple restaurants, a newly created \"indoor boulevard\" of shops, and a new parking deck.
Another hint of things that Pyramid's plans are starting to gel was Barnes & Noble's January announcement that it will join the mall lineup with a nearly 50,000-square-foot store. Town sources said the large-format book and media store will be located on two levels, taking a portion of the existing AMC cinema space.
Best Buy is not the first electronics retailer to tenant the Galleria. In its early years, the ill-fated Silo chain was part of the line-up. The mall lost that store in 1999 when its parent company folded.
Walden Galleria is a regional shopping mall located in Cheektowaga, a suburb of Buffalo, New York located east of Interstate 90 and New York State Thruway Exit 52 off Walden Avenue. The Walden Galleria comprises more than 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) of retail space, with 170 stores on two levels, including a food court and a movie theater. The Galleria is currently anchored by the traditional chains Macy's, JCPenney, Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Forever 21, Old Navy, and a Regal Cinemas multiplex. In 2021, Walden Galleria was listed among the top 20 most visited shopping centers in America, attracting over 23 million visitors from the United States and Canada. The mall is owned and managed by The Pyramid Companies of Syracuse, New York, the same management firm which developed it.
Walden Galleria was developed by The Pyramid Companies, an Upstate New York-based shopping center development and management firm. Built on a site near Exit 52 of the New York State Thruway, the mall was opened in 1989. The mall featured a range of upscale and traditional anchors, Bonwit Teller, L.L.Berger, The Sample, AM&A's, Sibley's, JCPenney, and Sears. At the time, the mall featured more than 150 stores, as well as a theater owned by Hoyts Cinemas.
During 1990, storied regional division Sibley's became Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Kaufmann's. In 1995, York, Pennsylvania-based department store chain The Bon-Ton acquired the AM&A's chain, converting all branches to The Bon-Ton. Later that year, on December 14, 17-year-old Cynthia Wiggins of Buffalo was struck 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, where it remains today.
Montgomery Ward, which acquired the Lechmere chain in 1994, closed the Lechmere stores nationwide in 1998, as part of a corporate restructuring. After its closure, Lechmere converted to JCPenney Home and a DSW Shoe Warehouse. In 1999, Kaufmann's also opened a home store within the mall.
As the new millennium arrived, so did several exciting developments. A 12,000-square-foot (1,100-square-meter) Pottery Barn and Upstate NY's first Apple Store which would occupy 7,200 square feet (670 square meters) in front of the Bon Ton and Forever 21, a junior clothing store, who opened an 8,500-square-foot (790-square-meter) store on the mall's first floor. Also joining the mall was Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister, the latter of which was the first location in Western New York. In 2001, a brand-new Galyan's Trading Company store was added to the mall.
Plans were announced to expand Walden Galleria by razing the recently-shuttered The Bon-Ton to make way for a wing for additional stores, anchored by a 16-screen Regal Cinemas multiplex on the upper level. An existing exterior entrance with escalators and an elevator going up to the food court was removed and the large exterior glass wall was temporarily blocked off with the intention of creating a Barnes and Noble store in front of that space that would open up to the food court. However, that location became Dave and Buster's instead due to complications in the construction of Barnes and Noble's proposed escalators since that particular section of the mall was built on caissons over Scajaquada Creek. Additionally, a portion of the multi-level parking ramp near the Bon-Ton store was demolished to make way for new store fronts that would create a boulevard-like design along the mall's western facade. A five-storey, 1,200-vehicle parking ramp was also built to replace the spaces affected by the expansion.
A new decade brought many changes to the now 21-year-old shopping center. In 2011, Anthropologie, a trendy women's clothing and accessory store joined the mall. A wave of other stores opened that year as well including Fossil, which opened its second area location in a 4,000-square-foot (370-square-meter) space on the first floor, Free People, a Philadelphia-based retailer which opened its first Upstate New York location in a 2,000-square-foot (190-square-meter) space on the first floor, and White House/Black Market whose 3,000-square-foot (280-square-meter) store is its second area location. Gordon Biersch, a brew pub opened in the restaurant outparcel attached to the parking garage.
In 2013, several aesthetic upgrades were made throughout the mall. New Italian marble floors were installed. Lighting and seating updates were made as well. The main entrances were updated to reflect the 2007 expansion.
In November 2014, the mall was involved in a controversy regarding stores being fined for deciding not to open on Thanksgiving Day. The mall owners threatened to fine stores $200 an hour if they remain closed on the holiday.
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