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Future of former Kmart on Walden Avenue taking shape

The future is beginning to take shape for the former Kmart store at 2055 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga.

While no official plans or permits have yet been filed, the property has been parceled out among different buyers, Town Planner Daniel Ulatowski said. The latest land sale involving the property may lead the way for restaurant and retail development that has been sought by Benderson Development for the past few years.

The property's owner, Derrick Corp., which makes mining, oil, and gas drilling machinery on a nearby parcel, has sold all but a third of the former Kmart property, paving way for new development. It will retain the southern third of the property, which it will turn into an access driveway leading to Derrick's loading docks off Duke Road.

In 2013, Benderson submitted plans to the town for 20,000 square feet of retail space and a 10,000-square-foot Cheddar's restaurant on the northerly two-thirds of the Kmart property, which it bought in the past. It would have been located on the northern section of what was Kmart's property, situated roughly 30 feet from the nearby Mighty Taco. Those plans, which included 20,000-square feet of retail space, were approved by the town, but have been held up in litigation with the neighboring Jim's Truck Plaza over access points on the property line.

The former Kmart building would likely be torn down in the course of developing the property, Ulatowski said.

Jim's Truck Plaza had purchased a small portion of the former Kmart plaza on the property's northeastern side. Recently, an entity called Spirits Spot purchased property at 2055 Walden Ave. for $113,730. The address listed for Spirits Spot is a Florida one.

Neither Jim's Truck Plaza nor Derrick Corp. responded to requests for comment.

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