Chautauqua Mall

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Coordinates: 42°05′44″N 79°18′13″W / 42.095691°N 79.303603°W / 42.095691; -79.303603

Chautauqua Mall
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Interior of Chautauqua Mall, September 2013
LocationLakewood, New York
Address318 East Fairmount Avenue
Opening date1971
DeveloperEdward J. DeBartolo, Sr.
OwnerWashington Prime Group
No. of stores and services50+
No. of anchor tenants4 (3 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area425,000 square feet (39,484 m2)[1]
No. of floors1

Chautauqua Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Lakewood, New York. Opened in 1971, it is anchored by JCPenney, Sears and OfficeMax. The mall is managed by Washington Prime Group.


The mall opened in 1971 under the development of Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. (whose company is now part of Simon Property Group), with Sears, Woolworth, JCPenney, and Quality Markets as its anchor stores.[2] JCPenney vacated its store in 1986, which was later converted to Jamesway that same year.[3] This store, the 100th in the chain, was a replacement for the first store in the Jamesway chain, located in nearby Jamestown.[4]

Jamesway and Woolworth closed in 1993,[5] and Quality Markets moved outside the mall.[6] In 1997, the Jamesway space once again became JCPenney, while the former Woolworth store was expanded to become a 60,000-square-foot (5,574 m2) Bon-Ton.[7] Several new stores were also added, including Old Navy, Gap/GapKids, Spencer Gifts, new locations for Electronics Boutique and Hallmark Cards,[8] and a food court.[9] The food court closed in 1999 due to the original owner of its vendors withdrawing from the mall, but it reopened that same year with Orange Julius, Hot Stuff Pizza, and Mean Gene's Burgers.[10] All of the restaurants closed by 2002, but the food court soon reopened again with local tenants and a Subway.[11]

In 2013, an Olive Garden restaurant opened in front of the mall.[12] The Bon-Ton closed on August 29, 2018.

On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide.[13]


  1. ^ "Leasing information". Simon Property Group. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Chain Store Age: Executives Edition". 45. 1964: E–68.
  3. ^ "In Years Past". The Post-Journal. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Jamesway to open local store Sept. 30". Gettysburg Times. 24 September 1986. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Jamesway closing store in Chautauqua Mall". The Buffalo News. 28 December 1993. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Woolworth exiting Chautauqua Mall". The Buffalo News. 16 October 1993. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  7. ^ McCarthy, Sheila (26 April 1997). "Bon-Ton store to become Chautauqua Mall's 3rd anchor". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Chautauqua Mall adding eight new tenants". The Buffalo News. 25 August 1998. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Chautauqua Mall to add stores". The Buffalo News. 30 November 1997. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Mall to re-open food court". The Buffalo News. 6 November 1999. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Chautauqua Mall food court to re-open". The Buffalo News. 21 October 2002. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Olive Garden Coming Along". The Post-Journal. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
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