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Walden Galleria cries foul that mall restaurants not included in Phase 3 reopening

On Tuesday, local business leaders will have a press conference focused on pushing for the reopening local indoor malls within phase three.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — On Tuesday, local business leaders will have a press conference focused on pushing for the reopening local indoor malls within phase three.

Assemblymember Monica Wallace will be joined by a coalition of elected officials and business leaders - asking the state to open malls with safety measures.

One of the top shopping destinations in WNY is taking issue with New York State for not allowing its restaurants to reopen under Phase 3 guidelines.

Calling it backwards, the Pyramid Group, which owns and operates the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, says its nearly 30 food and beverage locations inside the mall are being unfairly targeted.

"We stand with the several food and beverage business that are unable to open in Phase Three whose livelihoods are at stake,” said World of Beer manager, Chris Bolyard. “We’re all ready to get back to work to support our families, who are depending on us at this critical time".

The restaurants and kiosks employ nearly 500 workers and mall management says all have invested in new safety and social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are ready to go.

Pyramid is demanding fairness and quick action by the state so the eateries can join other similar establishments in the Phase 3 reopening for the WNY region set to begin on Tuesday.

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