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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.