CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — As Walmart officials cut the ribbon for their new Supercenter on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, Wednesday, the first Metro Bus arrived on store property bringing customers and Walmart employees to the new location.
Walmart set up a new bus stop just to the east side of the store. The bus’s arrival climaxed more than a month of wrangling over whether NFTA buses would be allowed on Walmart property.
Officials for the giant retailer initially concluded that putting a bus stop at the store’s front lacked space for a bus turnaround and would be too dangerous, so the NFTA set up a bus stop on Walden Avenue past the store’s parking lot.
But pressure from elected leaders and the public led to a new drop-off spot — the Garden Center entrance.
The announcement of a drop-off location comes after Cheektowaga officials, along with Walmart and NFTA worked together on a plan that would provide safety and convenience for travelers as well as Walmart customers.
NFTA bus riders heading east or west can start traveling to that entrance. The bus will not travel into the main parking lot. It will instead utilize an access road at the side of the store.
Walmart’s new Supercenter east of Union Road replaces the former location at the Thruway Plaza near Harlem Road.