Eastern Hills Mall
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|Location||Williamsville, New York|
|No. of stores and services||92|
|No. of anchor tenants||7|
|Total retail floor area||997,945 square feet (92,712.1 m2) |
|No. of floors||1|
Eastern Hills Mall is a shopping mall located at the west border of the Town of Clarence in Erie County, New York, USA. It lies on Transit Road (NYS Route 78), which divides Clarence from the Town of Amherst (Buffalo, NY). The mall is north of the junction of NY-78 with NY-5, Main Street.
The name "Eastern Hills" refers to the very low hills that contribute to a slightly higher elevation than the bordering areas along the Onondaga Escarpment.
Eastern Hills Mall is part of a long commercial strip on Transit Road. It consists of two long wings running north and south and two short wings running east and west, with a major department store at the end of each wing. A food court is located near the end of the long south wing. A three-screen movie theater showing mainly independent films is also located in the mall. There is an extensive parking lot surrounding the entire complex, providing the highest parking ratio of any Buffalo area mall.
The Eastern Hills Mall was developed by the Edward J. Bartolo Corporation. The mall was originally to be named "Buffalo Mall", but the name was changed to Eastern Hills Mall at the request of the town of Clarence. Construction began in 1969, some stores opened by 1971, and the mall was completed in 1972.
The mall underwent an extensive overhaul in 1986 that added a food court. Another renovation took place in 2005.
- The Bon-Ton (1995–present) (151,208 sq ft.)
- Dave & Buster's (2005–present) (40,000 sq ft.)
- JC Penney (July 27, 1972–present) (152,360 sq ft.)
- Macy's (2006–present) (129,824 sq ft.)
- Orvis (2005–present) (17,967 sq ft.)
- Sears (1971–present) (154,814 sq ft.)
- Sports Performance Park and Thurman Thomas Sports Training (2009–present) (57,364 sq ft.)
- WBBZ-TV (2011–present)
- AM&A's (1971–1995); now The Bon-Ton
- Burlington Coat Factory (1999–2004); now Dave & Buster's
- Hengerer's (1971–1981); became Sibley's 1981
- Jenss (1971–1997); became Burlington Coat Factory
- Kaufmann's (1990–2006); now Macy's
- Sibley's (1981–1990); became Kaufmann's in 1990
- Old Navy (1998–2005); became Orvis
- Woolworth (1971–1993); became Waccamaw Home Decor
- Waccamaw Home Decor (1995–1998); In 2009 and indoor sports training facility called Sports Performan Park opened. The facility includes a regulation infield and a training facility owned and operated by Thurman Thomas)
Thurman Thomas holds his weekly radio show from his facility in the Sports Performance Park.
After the October Storm of 2006, which devastated much of the surrounding area, the parking lot of Eastern Hills served as a focal point for clean up and restoration of services. Many utility companies used the parking lot as a ramada for parking vehicles at night and a dispatch point by day. In addition, part of the lot was used for storing materials used to restore power to the area.
- JCPenney 2010 annual report