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J.N. Adam / AM&A's Department Store

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Location

377 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14203
Also known as 383-393 Main or 385 Main
Google Bird's Eye View
Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.13-14-2
Erie County Property Info
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Across from: Adam Meldrum & Anderson Original Department Store, Iroquois Hotel, and AM&A's Warehouse

Owner

New Horizons Acquisitions LLC
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

350,000 sq.ft combination of five historic buildings into one department store. Two of the buildings were designed by Green & Wicks in 1891 and 1895. Esenwein & Johnson designed a third in 1909. Starett & Van Vleck did the most modern additions.

Current Condition

Secure but abandoned. Some masonry issues on Washington Street side.

History

  • 1881 - J.N. Adam founded at 292 Main Street by James Noble Adam, a brother of Robert B. Adam (a founder of AM&A's)
  • 1890s - Flagship store of the J.N. Adam department store moves to Main and Eagle Streets
  • 1946-1948 - Store expansion with twelve story addition
  • 1960 - J.N. Adam closes. Adam Meldrum and Anderson moves in flagship store from across the street
  • 1993 - CEO Robert Adam III, grandson of the founder, dies.
  • 1994 - AM&As chain purchased by Bon-Ton
  • 1995 - Bon-Ton closes downtown location
  • 1999 - Specialty retailer Taylors closes after eight months

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2006 - Purchased for $2,050,000 by New Horizons. Had announced a $60 million restoration wiht 180 apartments and ground floor retail
  • 2007 - "Carl Paladino and Paul Ciminelli urged their fellow Buffalo Place Inc. directors to join their crusade to have the 10-story building torn down, along with a neighboring warehouse on Washington Street, and have both sites converted into much-coveted shovel-ready land." Business First Buffalo
  • 2009 - Discussion of Rocco Termini purchasing building for a $70 million restoration with 117-room hotel, food court, office space and apartments
  • 2012 - Lack of historic preservation tax credit cap increase in NYS cited as reason Termini deal fell through
  • October 2014 - The City of Buffalo is looking for the State Attorney General to force the sale of the old AM&A’s building because Horizons Development, based in Long Island, has done “minimum code compliance” and the building is deteriorating.

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