Thousands say goodbye to Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart

Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart hold a customer appreciation day on September 16th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart hold a customer appreciation day on September 16th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – So many customers were stopping by the Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart’s customer appreciation day Saturday they had to extend their hours.

The store was to close for the final time at 4 pm but they extended their hours to 9 pm because of so much foot traffic.  According to their Facebook Page, customers purchased around $100,000 of inventory.

The Lemieux family prepare to enter Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart during the company's customer appreciation day on September 16th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
The Lemieux family prepare to enter Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart during the company’s customer appreciation day on September 16th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
The Lemieux family secured their second place in a line of hundreds early Saturday morning.  They have been coming to the store with their son and daughter for around ten years.

“We got here around quarter to seven, nobody was here, so we went to breakfast and came back,” said Ms. Lemieux.

Learning about the store’s closure, Mr. Lemieuz said, “We were saddened you know, it’s another mom and pop store that’s gone.”

The line of people waiting for the 10 am opening extended down the service road along Union Road and wrapped in front of the Seneca Blueprint Company.  Parking was at a premium, and many found available parking at whatever spot they could find along Duke Road.  Some customers parked down by Restaurant Depot and walked.  The store said thousands of customers were served.

Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart hold a customer appreciation day on September 16th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart hold a customer appreciation day on September 16th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A store employee working the front counter said the owner was not available to talk to the Cheektowaga Chronicle.  Clues on the store’s Facebook Page point to the Internet taking market share away from the locally owned business.  Hints were dropped that the company could return in some form.