(Contributed photo)
(Contributed photo)

All three retail stores in the Shops at HarborCenter will close by the end of September, a spokesman for Pegula Sports and Entertainment said Thursday.

Clayton’s Toys & Gifts, Fowler’s Chocolates and Red Siren will close their HarborCenter locations, roughly two years after they opened.

“We are having ongoing discussions with several potential tenants and hope to soon unveil new retail offerings that will join the Healthy Scratch in continuing to enhance the Canalside district at the Shops at HarborCenter,” Don Heins said in an email. He declined to comment further.

Tim Hortons will remain open in addition to Healthy Scratch, an organic cafe owned by Kelly and Jessie Pegula.

Employees at Clayton’s, Fowler’s and Red Siren said traffic has been hit or miss at the shops and that sales have been mostly miss.

Ted Marks, owner of Fowler’s chocolates, said he had high hopes when he opened the Canalside location, but things did not go as well as expected.

“Every time you open a new store, it’s a gamble,” Marks said.

Contributing factors included poor visibility and accessibility.

The stores, which were located on an interior corridor rather than having their own storefronts that exited onto the street, were not highly visible from the outside. Despite their interior locations, the stores were not directly accessible to hotel guests, who had…