This one has a local flavor, but is a big deal in our little corner of the world. Bob Niedt reports that the long empty Pep Boys in Westvale Plaza has found a new tenant.
Here's some of my thoughts on it from the Geddesblog:
Don't even get me started about what used to occupy this space prior to the Pep Boys Automotive that was in and out of their faster than one of their oil changes. I loved the old Genesee Theater, and still can remember the sticky feeling on my shoes to this day. China Pavillion was in the rear of the theater, and dinner and a movie were always a good date. (Hey I was in high school, chinese food and a cheapie movie were a big deal back in those days!) Yeah it was cold in the winter, and the movies were a few weeks past their prime, but the place had character. All you have to do is look to the newly renovated Palace Theatre in Eastwood to see what the Genesee could have become too.Well, it's now sat empty for 9 years, but will be empty no longer...
Never-the-less, the Genesee closed it's doors on Sept 16th, 1996. Pep Boys did the same 3 years later in 1999. Can you believe this building has sat here for 6 years without a tenant? Pep Boys should be sued, and as a repayment for the community,
have to dig up every brick and sticky floor tile from the landfill and rebuild that theater.(on second thought, maybe someone should just redevelop that area - heh heh)
...the new Solvay store, in Westvale Plaza, will carry name-brand items -- Sony, Eddie Bauer, Ralph Lauren, for example -- discounted at least 30 percent to 35 percent off standard retail prices.Well, its no sticky floored cheapy theater, but it seems like a good business. Hopefully she'll stick around a few more years than the Pep Boys did.
Everything in the store is new, but discounted because the manufacturer pulled them from retail chains for newer models, different packaging or the items didn't sell well. Stock runs from clothing and household items to consumer electronics, sports equipment, outdoor furniture and more.
Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Mark Emery said the store is expected to open in early June and will employ up to 25 people.
At least we don't have to see that damn eternal light bulb burning anymore.