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Hyatt's Art Store is relocating to a bigger facility-- leaves another hole on Main Street

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 19:50:04-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Hyatt's- All Things Creative has been a Main Street staple in Buffalo for six decades and is relocating to a much larger store front.

The art and supply store has moved to a much larger location at 1941 Elmwood, when it opens on January 24th, 2019 it will be the largest art store in the country. Both the Main Street and Clarence locations will be closed as the company has relocated to fit it's needs.

"It's bittersweet, we definitely been in that area for a long time," Seth Martin, purchasing manager said. "We moved because we had to with all the growth we have seen, we out grew our own space."

Hyatt's is just four miles down the road, but it does mean another store front from Allen to Virginia Street will be vacant. Retail, office, and restaurant space is all up for grabs in the medical corridor.

Even with the empty space, one business owner believes Main Street is one of the most exciting neighborhoods to be apart of.

Homegrown, a healthy food eatery--opened six-months ago and business has been booming, Sean Lane Owner of Homegrown said.

"It's almost impossible to to pass up the opportunity to be apart of something that's growing," Lane said.

In the last few years, the medical campus has expanded bringing 17,000 people to the area daily to work and 1.4 million visitors and patients yearly. The growth hasn't spilled over into the nearby businesses in big numbers just yet as there is still plenty of retail space to fill on the street.

"There is a large population, it may not always feel like that because it is not a suburban destination," Jonathan Mcneice, Director of Healthy Communities for Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus said. "But there are a lot of different things going on and we think that variety really helps to make it a unique place."

Just Vino is a wine bar that has been a Main Street icon for ten years. The wine bar has seen a growth in revenue in the last year but is hesitant to say Main Street could be Buffalo's next hub, Owner of Just Vino Jeff Borsuk said.

"You hope that retail could exist but I also understand why it doesn't," Borsuk said. Just Vino is more of a destination restaurant that is open mid-afternoons and nights. Borsuk adds that many people who are in the area for the medical campus leave right after work.

"There's a lot of places competing for their attention," Borsuk adds.

Both business owners can agree-- making Main Street a 24-hour destination and growing the population will help make Main Street the place to be in Buffalo.