Buffalo in the ’90s: Target takes aim at its first Amherst store

By Steve Cichon

Twenty years ago this week, May 13, 1995, plans were in the works to bring two of today’s most popular department stores to suburban Buffalo for the first time.

Target announced it was developing the former Grossman’s Lumber site as Erie County’s first Target store. While this piece carries no other official announcements, it did mention the possibility of the building of Target and Kohl’s stores in Orchard Park, as well as Target stores in North Buffalo and Cheektowaga.

Each of these stores were built and eventually opened.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.