"More jobs on the horizon"
"Fifth brick and-mortar store aims to turn discerning shoppers into human engines for American job creation"
The area's largest shopping mall, Walden Galleria, is adding the only store in the U.S. to sell 100-percent American-made products to its diverse retail offerings. The grand-opening celebration of the Made in America Store begins with a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting Saturday, April 25, followed by light refreshments.
"From the moment we opened our flagship store at 900 Maple St., in Elma, to the present, our customers have encouraged us to locate a store in Walden Galleria," owner Mark Andol said. "Opening our fifth store location is one of the highlights of our fifth anniversary year.
"The Made in America Store fills a unique niche in the minds and hearts of American consumers. We have said from the beginning that we opened our store 'for country, for soldier, for American worker, and for our children's future.' Opening our newest store at Walden Galleria enables us to reach an even larger audience with our message and mission to save and create American jobs, to grow our company, and to help grow employment at our nearly 500 supplier companies with optimism and confidence."
Walden Galleria has been a hub of economic activity since opening.
"What most attracted us to Walden Galleria is the mall's ability to stay fresh and current in the very competitive retail industry," Andol said. "By adding amenities beyond shopping and dining, Walden Galleria has become a destination for the entire family. At Galleria, we welcome the opportunity to sell to even more Canadians than we currently serve in our other locations."
Citing the "Girls' Getaway" promotions as an example, Andol noted both Visit Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. work collaboratively and have invested in selling this region as an unrivaled shopping destination. He also observed, "Whether shoppers prefer a multifaceted mall experience or small-town 'Main Street USA' experience, the Buffalo-Niagara Region offers everything from high-end, designer boutiques to trendy shops, mom-and-pop retail in East Aurora, Williamsville, the Elmwood Strip, to Buffalo's very own Little Italy on Hertel Avenue."