Redevelopment of the Northtown Plaza Continues

New companies, other factors contribute to plaza's renaissance

Mike Baggerman
May 23, 2017 - 4:00 am

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - While Whole Foods is already under construction at the Northtown Plaza, the addition of the popular clothing chain L.L. Bean adds to the redevelopment of the empty Amherst plaza.

"(WS Development) are excited about future developments here as am I," Amherst Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Colleen DiPirro told WBEN on Monday. "I think L.L. Bean is a game changer and I think they will be a draw and the impetus for many more high-end retailers to make this their permanent home."

DiPirro credited a lot of the success to the redevelopment of the Northtown Plaza to WS Development along with Governor Cuomo's Urban Revitalization Project. 

"Ten years ago Whole Foods and L.L. Bean would not have considered Western New York as a destination," she said.

Credit also belongs to site selectors across the country, according to DiPirro.

"(Site selectors) identify up and coming communities and demographics that lend itself to high-end retailers," she said. "I think that alongside with WS Development, which is a noted high-end retailer developer, allowed Buffalo to become a good selection."

The Buffalo News reported that WS Development purchased the plaza in 2015 for $18.5 million. The Whole Foods store is expected to open in the summer. 

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