The importance of Boulevard Mall has decreased over the years as newer, and sometimes larger malls, have been built around Buffalo. Nevertheless, the mall has been expanded several times (in 1971, 1978, 1994, and 2000), underwent a major renovation in 1997, and lies in the heart of a large commercial section that has grown up around it.The Boulevard Mall was the first indoor shopping center in Buffalo, New York.
Because of its proximity to the border of Canada, Boulevard Mall is a frequent destination for Canadian shoppers.
^Fink, james. "Sears proposes store for expanded Boulevard Mall", Business First of Buffalo, February 12, 1999. Accessed October 6, 2007. "The Amherst Planning Board, at its Feb. 18 meeting, will hear a proposal to add a two-story, 128,000-square-foot (11,900 m2) Sears to the mall's south end. Sears would like to open the store by late 2000. The retailer would be an anchor tenant joining J.C. Penney Co., Kaufmann's Department Stores and Jenss Department Stores."