Area shopping malls have been busy adding new attractions.
H&M, a Sweden-headquartered retailer known for its trendy yet affordable clothing, will open at noon Thursday in Boulevard Mall. The 22,000-square-foot store will occupy part of the former Abercrombie & Fitch site in the corridor between Macy’s and the mall’s food court. It will have its own exterior entrance on Alberta Drive. It’s the second H&M location after one at Walden Galleria and is the first to carry the company’s line of plus-sized clothing.
Teavana, a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks, recently opened at Boulevard Mall in the former Naturalizer shoe store. The fast-growing chain sells loose-leaf tea, teapots and accessories.
At Walden Galleria, which markets itself as a great place to “Eat, shop, play,” shoppers will be able to do a little more of all three with the mall’s latest scheduled additions.
Orazio’s Italian Crepes is headed for the food court in mid July. It’s owned by Orazio Ippolito Jr., who owns Orazio’s restaurant in Clarence.
In July, specialty gift store Gift-ology will open on the upper level near Macy’s. It will sell many popular name-brand gift items, such as Vera Bradley bags and Petra Azar jewelry. During the last week of August, French clothing retailer Promod will bring women’s “designer-inspired,” European-style clothing to the Galleria’s lower level near Lord & Taylor.
Pole Position, a go-kart racetrack with electric cars, is shooting for a September opening in the mall’s upper level near Sears and Regal Cinemas.
Eastern Hills Mall will welcome Offbeat Emporium in September. The store sells and consigns refinished and repurposed furniture. It’s the second location for owners Brandon Tallau and Samantha Tagliarino, the first of which is on Elmwood Avenue near West Utica Street. It will take the site of the Rug Shop, which is headed for the former community room near Macy’s.
Pie Mania, a restaurant that features specialty meat pies, entered the mall’s food court last week. Last month, Eastern Hills welcomed Pure Integrity soy candle shop, Poster Art and Brrrffalo, a large kiosk in the north wing which sells Buffalo-themed T-shirts and merchandise.
Pure Integrity moved into the former George & Co. space, and the 100-year-old George & Co. novelty store moved to a plaza across the street. Poster Art, one of Buffalo’s Elmwood Avenue staples, fills the space vacated by shoe store Jainlee, which expanded into an 8,000-square-foot location elsewhere in the mall.