Well, that escalated quickly. It looks like management at the Eastern Hills Mall has placed locks on doors in The BFLO Store's location to prevent the owner from leaving the mall on Monday, July 11, 2022. According to a Facebook post on The BFLO Store page, the company was removing items when the incident happened,
The Eastern Hills Mall, owned by Mountain Development and Uniland Development Company has locked and blocked us out of our Eastern Hills Store as we prepare to move into our new location this Saturday.
While we were taking out our personal property, fixtures, and improvements; at approximately 7pm today, representatives from the mall came in telling our customers to leave and started bolting the doors and emergency exits shut.
At this point we are awaiting a court order to unlock the doors, but we do not know when we will reopen for business. Our other main stores remain open at this time at Walden Galleria and McKinley Mall.
Our grand opening at Transitown is still scheduled for this Saturday, 7/16
One of the other photos appears to show a heavy equipment machine blocking the store's door.
The BFLO Store owner Nathan Mroz told WIVB that he has put $2 million worth of investments into the storefront.
According to WKBW, the mall's owners released a statement,
We have taken actions to prevent the BFLO Store from accessing the Eastern Hills Mall following concerns that they were removing unauthorized structural components from the building which include windows, doors, flooring, plumbing, and light fixtures. We find these actions alarming as they could create life safety issues and/or building code violations, and out of an abundance of caution and safety we have decided that this is the best course of action at this time to protect the Mall’s merchants and guests.
The BFLO Store is moving to a new location at 4199 Transit Road in Williamsville. The store's grand opening is this Saturday, 7-1-6 Day.
7️⃣1️⃣6️⃣ DAY is THIS Saturday! Come celebrate our brand new, state of the art flagship BFLO Store’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration. There will be food, DJ’s, giveaways, and more! This event is FREE and open to the public!