WHEATFIELD, NY (WKBW) The Summit Park Mall in the town of Wheatfield is a ghost town. The once thriving shopping center is dead, with only three stores: Save A Lot, Bon-Ton and Sears.
"It's dead and boring," said Wheatfield residents Zakkary and Heather. "No one comes here anymore."
A Mississauga, Ontario developer is hoping to change the stereotype of the mall. Zoran Cocov has great interest in the building, and could close on the purchase of the property as soon as tomorrow.
"My goal is to make it successful and operating," said Cocov.
But filling the mall again could take some time. Despite being largely vacant for over twenty-years, last year, the forty-two-year-old mall suffered extensive flooding damage and vandalism. The entire mall also has no power.
"The challenge is there is no power on the property other than the anchors who are operating," said Cocov. "The rest of the mall has no power, and we have to wait for the transformers to be returned. That process will take six to eight months."
Cocov plans to update the mall with solar lighting and other modern sustainable energy measures. Area mall goers are excited to hopefully see the mall thrive again.
"It would be great to bring more people to the area," said Lewiston Resident Frank Linza.
"The mall just needs another chance like everything else in Western New York," said Wheatfield resident Cory O'Donoghue. "We're getting there."
Cocov says that once the mall is up and running - which could take a while - customers can expect shops and other exciting attractions.