Furniture store At Home to help anchor Station Twelve project in Amherst

Brian Kulpa, Amherst city supervisor, said At Home was slated to open by the end of the year.

AMHERST, NY – After more than a year of delays, the Station Twelve development project in Amherst may have the spark it needs to get things rolling again.

Supervisor Brian Kulpa said home furnishings and furniture store At Home will rent the 70,000-square-foot old Century Mall building.

“We are pleased that there is now a little more life and vitality in this area,” said Kulpa.

This would be At Home’s first location in western New York. There are eight in New York, including two in Rochester.

The project at the former Northtown Plaza was halted last March after the COVID pandemic rocked the retail landscape. With Whole Foods and At Home as two anchor tenants, however, Kulpa hopes that the other smaller tenants will follow suit.

“Your biggest problem was anchors, getting anchors to commit,” he said. “Between Whole Foods and At Home, we’re excited that they are now building a base with good anchors that drag people to the side and allow some of the smaller places to get involved and allow them to develop some of the previous ones.” commenced buildings. “

The tenants of the 333,000 square meter lifestyle center include Williams-Sonoma, LL Bean, Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Athleta, City Works, B.Good and Public Espresso & Coffee.

This is a three phase development project. Phase 1 built the Anker Whole Foods in 2017, Phase 2 creates the lifestyle retail and restaurant area, and Phase 3 adds “At Home” in the old mall.

“I think it’s very exciting news to hear that this project is moving forward. I know people in the community were very concerned that WS Development couldn’t pull this off because there have been so many launches.” and stops, but all along I had confidence in WS Development in their ability to put together a project of this size, “said AJ Baynes, president of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

2 On Your Side reached out to WS Development for more information about the project but received no response.

Kulpa said they plan to have At Home up and running by the end of the year.

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