Eastern Hills Mall

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Eastern Hills Mall
Location Image Eastern Hills Mall Small.jpg
Location Williamsville, New York
Opening date 1971
No. of stores and services 92
No. of anchor tenants 7
Total retail floor area 997,945 square feet (92,712.1 m2) [1]
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.

History[edit]

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 three-screen cinema was owned and operated by General Cinema Corporation from 1971 to 1993. It was then sold to Dipson Theaters and converted to an independent/art film cinema in 1998.

The mall underwent an extensive overhaul in 1986 that added a food court. Another renovation took place in 2005.

Anchors[edit]

Current[edit]

  • The Bon-Ton (1995–present) (151,208 sq ft.)
  • Dave & Buster's (2005–present) (40,000 sq ft.)
  • JC Penney (July 27, 1972[2]–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)

Former[edit]

Non-commercial activity[edit]

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.

WGRZ hosted its 2008 revival of Bowling for Dollars at the Dave & Buster's in the Eastern Hills Mall.

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Coordinates: 42°58′19″N 78°41′35″W / 42.972°N 78.693°W / 42.972; -78.693