Updated 08/23/2012 09:54 AM
What's coming to the Shoppes at Latham Circle?
So who's moving in to the new Shoppes at Latham Circle? That's what everyone wants to know as rumors have already started flying about potential occupants. Our Solomon Syed has the latest scoop on what might be heading our way.
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LATHAM, N.Y. -- No sooner had plans been announced to redevelop vacant Latham Circle Mall than shoppers began asking the million dollar question.
"What shops will there be there?" asked Faith Kelly.
As of now, Lowe's and JCPenny will remain as anchors. There are also plans for a Texas-based, entertainment-themed restaurant, along with a supermarket familiar to upstate New York. Both identities remain a mystery, but some are venturing a guess.
"That's the rumor about what's gonna be there, a Wegmans," said Michael Durocher.
"Oh yes, love Wegmans. I'm from out near Syracuse and Buffalo, so yes, definitely," said Patricia Anderson.
Only the answer's "no," according to a Wegman's spokesperson, who told YNN Wednesday they have "no plans to open a store in this area." As for that entertainment-themed restaurant? Dallas-based Dave & Buster's could fit that bill.
"If they spruce it up and have nice shops, I'll go," said Kelly.
But with Latham Farms essentially right across the street, Colonie Center just around the corner and Crossgates a little bit further up the road, could this result in retail fatigue?
Rebecca Flach, vice president of New York State's Retail Council, says she anticipates strong sales, but developers will have to improve vehicle access to the new site and do something different to keep shoppers from dropping.
"It puts pressure on the developer to find good, different niche sort of retail businesses that will attract customers to shop there versus hitting one of the other malls or strip malls," said Flach.
"I think they need to get a store, or group of stores in there that are not presently around the area," said Durocher. "I think there's a little over saturation at each of the malls in the area, you know, the Macy's and Sears and stuff like that."
Dave & Buster's did not respond to our request for comment, but most of the shoppers we spoke with say they'd be willing to sample what's on their menu.