Cheektowaga, NY

Liquor Store to Replace Dave’s Christmas Wonderland

J.M. Lesinski
The sign recently placed outside the old Dave's Christmas Wonderland in Cheektowaga, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

For local Cheektowaga, New York residents, the iconic Dave’s Christmas Wonderland store closure was disheartening, but at least the much-loved store did not go too far. The secret of what exactly is going in next, however, was recently solved by a sign posted on the premises just a few days ago, revealing that a liquor store will be taking Dave’s place on the corner of Union and Williams.

“I found so many unique lights and ornaments in there over the years, I was pretty sad to hear when they originally started going out of business a few months back, but then they ended up merging and it was not too bad,” said local Depew resident Carl Harris. “They really were an institution on the corner area there, everyone knew Dave’s and their selection. The snowflake lights and gingerbread ones I got from there are probably some of the older ones, maybe they are worth something now, wouldn’t that be nice?”

Prior to the sign going up, Dave’s Christmas Wonderland announced months back that they would be consolidating two of their stores into the current single store at 1460 French Road on the corner of Transit Road in Depew. The new combined store is reportedly doing just fine.

“The other thing you really had to love about Dave’s was the fact they were a Christmas-themed store that stayed open all year,” Harris went on to say. “They had the gumption to not be seasonal, build a base and add more unique products over time, they really had a plan and I wish them nothing but the best. A liquor store going in now is nice for the convenience I suppose, there are not many around this part of town.”

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