A candy shop, a children’s toy store and a specialty clothing store will fill out a mini-mall in the Buffalo Sabres’ HarborCenter building in Canalside, team officials told The Buffalo News Tuesday.
Fowler’s Chocolates, Clayton’s Toys and Gifts and Modern Nostalgia are set to move in early July into retail space on the Main Street side of HarborCenter.
The three retailers, along with the previously announced Red Siren women’s clothing and accessory boutique, will take up about 5,000 square feet on the west side of the building, facing the harbor. Red Siren is filling about 1,200 square feet and the three other stores will occupy between 700 and 900 square feet each, said Stan Makowski Jr., the Sabres’ vice president of arena operations.
“This initial group of retailers represents a homegrown Buffalo tenant base for the Canalside district to build upon,” Cliff Benson, the team’s chief development officer, said in a statement.
The retail outlets and a 12-story Marriott Buffalo HarborCenter hotel now under construction on top of the building are the final pieces of HarborCenter, which is connected to the First Niagara Center and also features a five-level parking ramp, two NHL-size ice rinks, (716) Food and Sport restaurant and a Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop.
The team selected a mix of retailers that would appeal to local shoppers, tourists, “hockey moms” and other visitors to the HarborCenter. As with a traditional mall, the four retail spaces will open into a common lobby, and the stores likely will be open during prime hours for HarborCenter, starting at 11 a.m. or noon, Makowski said.
The Fowler’s shop will feature its full selection of chocolate, candy and ice cream and will be the chain’s seventh location in the area. Fowler’s dates back to a booth operated by Joseph A. Fowler at the Pan-American Exposition and it is credited with creating and popularizing sponge candy. The chain remained in the Fowler family until 1993, when it was sold to Randy and Ted Marks.
The Clayton’s Toys and Gifts at HarborCenter will be its second store. The company opened in 1916 and sold toys, games and specialty gifts in the Elmwood Village until 1991, when it moved to its current location on Main Street in Williamsville. Longtime managers Kellie Klos and Tera McElligott recently purchased the company.
Modern Nostalgia, which owner Brianne Klejdys-Long opened in 2009, works with local designers and hosts yoga classes and trunk shows at its Hertel Avenue store. Its second location at HarborCenter will sell women’s and men’s clothing.
And, as announced in March, Red Siren, owned by veteran human resources executive and businesswoman Sharon Randaccio, will offer specialty gifts, jewelry, leather products and clothing.
The Sabres expect to finish construction on the retail space in HarborCenter by late June.
“At this point, all of our partners here, all the tenants, are working on their own internal designs for their space,” Makowski said in an interview. The stores are likely to begin opening sometime in early July.
The hotel is expected to open in late summer.