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Game Stop, PacSun to close Boulevard Mall locations

The Boulevard Mall will soon be down two more stores.

Video game store Game Stop vacated the mall over the weekend. It sold video games, consoles, accessories and collectibles. The Texas-based company couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Game Stop was located at the mall's southern end near Justice, Claire's Boutique and Spencer Gifts between Sprint and Kids Foot Locker.

There are 13 remaining locations in Depew, Hamburg, Niagara Falls, West Seneca Amherst, Cheektowaga, Kenmore and Buffalo.

PacSun, a surfer-style clothing store that sells such brands as Vans, Billabong and Roxy, is slated to close Saturday. It is located at the mall's southern end, between Things Remembered and Verizon Diamond Wireless. The California-based company  has been failing since 2008 due to shifting fashion preferences and the company's over expansion. PacSun declared bankruptcy in April.

There are other PacSun locations at Walden Galleria and Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. PacSun couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The store closures are among several recent tenant departures at the mall. Most recently, major anchor Sears announced it would close its locations there and at Walden Galleria as part of a nationwide restructuring.

In July, Forest City Enterprises put the mall up for sale. Next month, the owner has a $92.4 million balloon payment due on a loan for which the mall serves as collateral. If the company defaults, that could lead to a lengthy foreclosure process and a new owner for Boulevard Mall.


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