BOULEVARD MALL: BUFFALO (AMHERST) NY
Jack Thomas' Commentary:
Revised June 12, 2009
( With info provided by Justin N. )
Opened in 1962, Boulevard Mall, built along Niagara Falls Blvd, provided a vital link to the western Amherst
and eastern Tonowanda area, as well as the northern fringes of the city of Buffalo. The malls anchors were JCPenney, Kobacker's (which
became Sibley's in 1983), and Jenns's. Also added to the mix was a food court
with a fully restored carousel.
The mall did fairly well throughout the beginnings of its life. In 1989, the Walden Galleria opened up shop about 4 or 5 miles
southeast of this mall along the Thruway. At that time, Sibley's was also swallowed up by the May Corporation, and turned into its Kaufmann's brand. After struggling for a little while, the mall was able to find some new ground to stand on.
In the mid 90's, mall management redeveloped the property both inside
and out giving the mall a more modern look to keep up with the ever changing face of retail.
The year 2000 brought a small expansion, bringing in Sears, Michael's Arts and Crafts, and Comp USA(since closed as part of the company's bankruptcy), the latter of the two being external access only stores.
This mall is undoubtedly thriving, continuing to turn a profit, and remaining one of the top players in the Buffalo market.