It’s not as easy for Western New Yorkers to do their discount shopping in locally owned stores as it was 20 years ago.
Vix was nominally a pharmacy, owned by Tops Friendly Markets, and it was often found in smaller, older, former Tops locations that had moved into larger, more modern, new-build stores. In 1994, Vix had also taken over many Freddy’s locations. Aside from the selection of normal pharmacy items, Vix carried a selection of discount merchandise. Tops sold the 12-store chain in 1999, and the last nine Vix stores closed in 2003.
Odd's-n-End's was more of a free-for-all strip mall store front operation. When the chain closed in 2001, News reporter Lisa Haarland wrote a brief history of the chain.
“Local businessmen John H. Clark and Ed Epstein opened the first Odd's-n-End's store in 1983 in Buffalo's Central Park Plaza. By the early 1990s, Odd's-n-End's had grown to a 10-store chain. The company went public in 1992 to raise capital for a major expansion. By 1994, Odd's-n-End's had exploded to 55 stores across New York State, winning the company a regional U.S. Small Business Administration's Entrepreneurial Success Award. But within days of receiving the award, the company landed in bankruptcy court because its rapid expansion had stretched its financial resources too thin.”