Visitors lined up on opening day in 1989 to hear dignitaries speak at the mall's dedication ceremony. Looks like a tough crowd.
Architect renderings in January 1988 envisioned the mall with a fountain cascading from the second floor to the first. The mall did have a fountain, which was adorned with Looney Tunes characters for a while.
Architect renderings also envisioned shoppers would be wearing knee socks, sailor hats and buying fresh flowers.
Shoppers make their way through the mall on Black Friday, 1990. Those fern-print leggings have since made a comeback.
Here's what the mall looked like during the back-to-school shopping season, Aug. 26, 1990. We can only assume several hundred pounds of Cross Colours clothing were sold that day.
K-cars and minivans and station wagons, oh my!
These were your movie choices during the summer of 1991. "Silence of the Lambs" had come out in February, but it did so well at the box office, they kept it up. The movie was nominated for seven Oscars.
Your choices in November 1989 included "Back to the Future Part II", "When Harry Met Sally" and any number of boxy automobiles.
At left, Daneen Kuhn of Eden and Steven Golovin of Cheektowaga get help selecting a fragrance from clerk Nancy Krystofik at Lord & Taylor on Dec. 4, 1991.
Bonwit Teller was an original anchor in the mall. It was located where Best Buy and RPM Raceway are today.
B. Altman & Co., a luxury department store chain, was supposed to open with the mall as one of its anchors. The space was completed but never opened because the company went bankrupt three months after the mall opened.
B.C. Coomber, Karen Coomber, Ashley Coomber, Rick Stoerr, Kevin Stoerr and Nancy Stoerr toss coins into the fountain on Dec. 14, 1989. If you were wishing for stonewashed jeans, Kevin and Nancy, congratulations.
Check out that oh-so-1989, twirly decoration hanging from the ceiling. It's as if the "Saved by the Bell" opening animation came to life. This was taken on opening day, May 1, 1989.
Walden Galleria still beckons to Canadian shoppers like a lighthouse in the storm.