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May 19, 2014

National clothing chains coming to town

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A pair of national clothing chains will be opening locations in the Town of Lockport this summer.

Rue 21, a well-known clothing chain for young people, will open a store in the Town of Lockport in about 90 days, Supervisor Marc R. Smith said this week. The chain was one of the retailers town officials wooed at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference.

The annual event is designed to connect municipalities with retailers and businesses. Lockport often participates and has seen results from those trips, such as the arrival of Rue 21.

“We’re really happy they’re coming to Lockport,” Smith said.

Smith said the town is awaiting interior design plans for the store’s 3,000-square-foot space soon. Rue 21 has 1,003 stores in 47 states, according to its website. Among those locations is one at the Fashion Outlets Mall in the Town of Niagara.

The Rue 21 store is to open in the Tops Plaza on South Transit Road, the same plaza in which a former Sears Hardware store is being renovated into a TJ Maxx department store that is expected to open soon.

“They’ll open in August, maybe closer to the end of July,” Smith said. “They’ll definitely want to be open in time for back to school shopping.”

Also finishing in August will be the general construction of the long-awaited Walmart Supercenter, located on South Transit Road not too far from the Tops Plaza. The supercenter is expected to open in October.

Smith said Walmart gave its contractor an Aug. 15 deadline to finish the building.

Other new South Transit businesses coming soon include Aquacates Mexican Restaurant, which is going into the former Masterpiece Pizza. White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt will open its seventh local store, this one in the Home Depot Plaza in the former GameStop location.

Building up the South Transit corridor has been a goal for Lockport town officials.

“The whole idea was to get that area going, we’re pretty excited,” Smith said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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