BUFFALO, N.Y. — Good intentions just did not work out for “The Shops at HarborCenter.”
It was announced Thursday that the three stores that made up the retail strip would vacate their satellite locations by the end of September.
“They really wanted to showcase local businesses. It was a great idea,” said Clayton’s Toy Store owner Tera McElligott.
But Clayton’s, a local toy store that’s survived 101 years in Williamsville, could not survive downtown.
With the growth of Canalside, there was hope that increased foot traffic on the water would translate to increased traffic at the HarborCenter shops.
“You’re not going to buy toys and then bring them to a concert at Canalside,” McElligott said.
The owner of Fowler’s Chocolates, Ted Marks, expressed doubt about the chocolatier’s HarborCenter location about a year ago. Sometime after, Modern Nostalgia closed its waterfront doors.
Now, the three remaining shops are all set to close.
“We just weren’t getting the foot traffic. I mean, for us, it was…