LL Bean outside Rochester

9 Jul

In 2007 and 2009, I offhandedly suggested that LL Bean might be just as much of a draw as Bass Pro. After all, there are Bass Pros all over the place – the closest LL Bean was in Albany, which is too far for frenzied Torontonians’ shopping day trips. Plus, LL Bean isn’t a hunting/fishing niche retailer. It’s a clothing/lifestyle store for outdoorsy types who like the whole New England preppy thing, and maybe a spot of flyfishing. Its appeal is broader than Bass Pro’s.

Well, we’re getting an LL Bean, but you’ll have to drive an hour down the Thruway. The Eastview Mall in Victor (conveniently located near the easternmost 490/90 interchange) is getting an LL Bean today.

That means LL Bean actually selected a site, signed a lease, and opened a store. Of those three things, after 7 long years Bass Pro has managed to only accomplish one of them in Buffalo. WTF.

7 Responses to “LL Bean outside Rochester”

  1. Terry July 9, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    And…the site they selected was NOT the Greater Buffalo/Niagara region….Interesting to see the analysis on that…

  2. Jeremy July 9, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Uh, forgive me for not having the answer already on this, but do people in Buffalo actually WANT a Bass Pro now? ‘Cause my understanding was that people here were too busy bickering over financial incentives to actually, you know, send any sort of clear message that Bass Pro should sign a lease here and open one of its huge, impressively successful stores in an area that could really benefit from the jobs and presence of another major retailer.

    As long as this city continues to grouse about and delays very major initiative to develop new things here, any business with a lick of common sense will laugh us off. Clear positive signals and a political/economic climate that welcomes new growth would make all the difference in the world. It’s time for writers and pols alike to choose their sides on this (pro-growth or not) and start standing up for what they believe. No more mincing.

  3. Jeremy July 9, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    That was, “grouse about and delay every major initiative.”

  4. Hank July 9, 2010 at 9:58 am #


    Charlotte has Bass Pro in the Suburbs, IKEA in town. Hope you’re enjoying the NC weather up there. In Buffalo South, it’s like this 4 months out of the year.

  5. STEEL July 9, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    To be fair LLBean is moving to put these stores in every mall and the store size is like half of one department in a Bass Pro. Buffalo will get an LLBean soon – Maybe at Canal Side!

  6. Pauldub July 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    I’ve been to THE LL Bean in Freeport, Me. How many ways can you spell unimpressed? First, the catalog and online were cheaper than the store. A brief perusal of the merchandise shows that New England preppy is manufactured outside of the USA. So much for that true “New England” feel. As for Bass Pro, I am an avid fisherman. You can buy anything you need from stores already here, and for the odd item or two there is the intertubes. However, if one is ever built in Buffalo and has a restaurant similar to the one in Ft Myers Fl, I will be a frequent patron. The food was excellent and reasonably priced.

  7. Peter Parsons August 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    FACT: Retailers that are “well-managed” as a BUSINESS care only about

    1)Metrics= Density/concentration of WHERE their longterm strong sustained sales are coming from AND 2)the economic/population Metrics of that specific community!
    Victor NY (Metro Rochester’s wealthy southeastern suburbs, bordering Finger Lakes Wine/Resort Country)
    is the perfect spot on both counts. The Rochester Metro cpntinuously eclipses Albany in business for LL Bean & was only opened 1st for logistical reasons as most retailers prefer to grow “organically”. Retailers aren’t miracle solutions,social ill solvers, utban planners. They are strictly about serving already proven customers & risking their own great investment only where those already proven customers reside in greatest density. Theu will not go into every mall as that would be poor management on many levels. Targeted spots are what is called for.
    Rochester NY Metropolitan area is according to the U.S.Internal revenue the 2nd largest regional economy in all of NYS. The Brookings Institute says Rochester NY Metro is the 20th most resilient metro econmy in the nation during this worldwide recession. That & the other metrics were overwhelmingly favorable for the retailer to make the considerable risk of investment to build at Eastview & sales figures have been way beyond all expectations in the gratifying knowledge that this was absolutely the right location metrics showed it to be!

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