(Contributed photo)
(Contributed photo)

Have you heard that the three boutiques inside the Shops at HarborCenter will close at the end of September?

A spokesman for Pegula Sports and Entertainment said last week the company is having “ongoing discussions” with potential tenants and hopes to soon unveil new retail offerings for the site. But by the end of September, the toy, gift and candy stores that have been there for two years will close.

If you didn’t know the stores were there to begin with, that’s OK. You’re not the only one who had no idea there is a small, ground-floor retail strip tucked inside the southwest corner of the complex. It’s hard to see the shops are there, even if you’re standing directly across the street from them – as more than 2 million visitors to Canalside have done during the two years the shops have been open.

Even if that VIP beer tent wasn’t blocking the view and there wasn’t a fence separating the crowds from the indoor mini-mall, the shops struggled with poor access, bad visibility and signage that just didn’t work.

I, for one, am going to miss them when they’re gone. I often walk down to Fowler’s on my lunch break and buy one or two dark chocolate salty turtles for dessert. Red Siren has saved my butt more than once on last-minute birthday gifts. And I just recently picked up some child-sized, metal rakes for my…