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The battle for Asian cuisine supremacy in the Walden Galleria food court has intensified. With Easy Wok and Oyishi Japan already in place, newcomer Sushi-Q opened Sept. 9, next to Arby's, selling a strong assortment of prepackaged sushi and three varieties of Japanese ramen. The Galleria's Sushi-Q marks the chain's entrance into the United States market; eight other loc…

Business

Walden Galleria has added two new stores. Charmed Aroma is a Canadian-based chain that sells hand-poured soy candles, each one containing a hidden piece of jewelry that is revealed when the candle is burned. The surprise jewelry – possibly a ring, necklace, earrings or bracelet – is of varying value. On rare occasions, a code for a piece of jewelry valued up to $5,000 i…

Crime

Cheektowaga police want the public's help locating a man and a woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in headphones from the Apple Store in the Walden Galleria. Police posted photos of the two suspects on Facebook on Wednesday morning. The post did not include any further details about the theft. Police ask anyone with information to call the department's d…

Business

On the day after Christmas, multiple brawls and what sounded like a gunshot sent crowds at the region's largest shopping mall scrambling in a panic as some believed there may have been an "active shooter." The scene at the Walden Galleria was captured on video that went viral. The day after the incident, Cheektowaga Police Chief David J. Zack summarized, "We have a p…

Crime

A fight between two 15-year-old girls Saturday night in a parking lot at the Walden Galleria ended with one girl sent to the hospital and the other one arrested, Cheektowaga police said. The victim was slashed with a knife in the abdomen just before 8 p.m. at a bus stop on the southwest side of the property, police said. The victim was treated at the scene and taken …

Erie County

A mistaken alert sent out at the Walden Galleria caused some stores to close temporarily, according to Cheektowaga Police. "There is no emergency at the mall," Assistant Chief Michael Sliwinski said in a statement. Sliwinski said that "a mistake was made" by Walden Galleria security. He said that a limited alert should have been sent out as a weekly test but instead,…

Crime

A 15-year-old girl was arrested Monday by Cheektowaga police on felony grand larceny charges in the theft of several designer purses at the Walden Galleria. The thefts occurred on Dec. 26, 2018, the night the mall closed early due to several disturbances involving fighting youths. According to police, five of the 11 stolen Michael Kors designer purses were recovered.…

Business

KeyBank opened its branch inside the Walden Galleria in 1989, the same year the mall opened. Now Key is preparing to close that location on March 29. The branch's ATM will shut down the same day. Client accounts from the Galleria branch will be automatically moved to a branch about 1 mile away at 1675 Walden Ave., just west of the mall, said Matthew Pitts, a Key spok…

Cheektowaga

Videos posted on social media captured the commotion Wednesday night inside the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga that resulted in at least two arrests. https://buffalonews.com/2018/12/27/galleria-chaos-aftermath-more-police-peacemakers-return-chaperone-rules-reviewed/ This video, posted on Facebook, shows people running on the mall's first level. A burst of loud noise …

Business

Alex and Ani, the jewelry brand known for its bangle charm bracelets, will open a new store at Walden Galleria later this year, the mall announced Thursday. The Alex and Ani store will be 1,200 square feet and will be on the mall's lower level, next to Zara. “We’re thrilled to welcome one of the country’s fastest-growing jewelry brands to our unique mix of shopping, …

Business

Walden Galleria, the Cheektowaga mall that pulls shoppers from as far away as Toronto and is known for pulling in high-end, first-in-market luxury brands, has landed a new tenant. Burger King. The fast-food chain opened in the mall's food court Friday in the former Orazio's Crepes, which closed last June. It joins Mumbles Chicken and Waffles, a locally owned restaura…

Food and Drink

An Evening with Lou Barlow 7 to 10 p.m. at Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets range from $28.45 for general admission to $107.62 for admission plus a dinner with Barlow and his dad. No joke. A rare opportunity to spend some quality up-close-and-personal time with an alternative rock legend, 'An Evening with Lou Barlow' will find the former Dinosaur, Jr. and S…

Business

Zara opened at Walden Galleria last week in a huge, double-level space near Dick’s Sporting Goods. When the news was first announced that the Spanish fast-fashion retailer was coming, people lost their dang minds. The store is known for its constantly changing inventory of cutting-edge clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies at affordable prices. Whi…

Bills

On the day he signed a one-day contract with the Buffalo Bills in order to retire as a member of the franchise, beloved running back Fred Jackson dropped by Walden Galleria, near the Apple Store, to sign autographs, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.