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Coordinates: 42°05′44″N 79°18′13″W / 42.095691°N 79.303603°W / 42.095691; -79.303603

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Chautauqua Mall
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Interior of Chautauqua Mall, September 2013
Location Lakewood, New York
Address 318 East Fairmount Avenue
Opening date 1971
Developer Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.
Owner Washington Prime Group
No. of stores and services 50
No. of anchor tenants 7 (5 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area 425,000 square feet (39,484 m2)
No. of floors 1

Chautauqua Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Lakewood, New York. Opened in 1971, the mall's anchor stores are Planet Fitness, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Dipson Theatres, and JCPenney. There are 3 vacant anchor stores that were once Sears, OfficeMax and The Bon-Ton. The mall is managed by Washington Prime Group.

History

The mall opened in 1971 under the development of Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. (whose company is now part of Simon Property Group), with Sears, Woolworth, JCPenney, and Quality Markets as its anchor stores. JCPenney vacated its store in 1986, which was later converted to Jamesway that same year. This store, the 100th in the chain, was a replacement for the first store in the Jamesway chain, located in nearby Jamestown.

Jamesway and Woolworth closed in 1993, and Quality Markets moved outside the mall. In 1997, JCPenney returned to the mall in the portion of the former Jamesway space, while the former Woolworth store was expanded to become a 60,000-square-foot (5,574 m2) Bon-Ton. The remainder of the former Jamesway space later became OfficeMax. Several new stores were also added, including Old Navy, Gap/GapKids, Spencer Gifts, new locations for Electronics Boutique and Hallmark Cards, and a food court. The food court closed in 1999 due to the original owner of its vendors withdrawing from the mall, but it reopened that same year with Orange Julius, Hot Stuff Pizza, and Mean Gene's Burgers. All of the restaurants closed by 2002, but the food court soon reopened again with local tenants and a Subway.

In 2013, an Olive Garden restaurant opened in front of the mall. The Bon-Ton closed on August 29, 2018.

On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide.

On November 3, 2018, it was announced that Famous Footwear would shut down.

OfficeMax closed on May 16, 2020.

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