The Wm. Hengerer Co., Buffalo, New York

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Hengerer's received a streamlined classical facade in the 1950s

The William Hengerer Co. (1874)
465 Main Street
Buffalo, New York


First Floor
Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Gloves • Fashion Accessories • Scarves • Hosiery • Blouses and Tops • Sweaters • Cosmetics • Fine Fragrances • Notions • Luggage • Cameras • Stationery • Electronic Games • Candy Shop • The Gourmet Shop • Eat Street Deli • Gourmet Coffee Shop • Men's Furnishings • Men's Shoes • Men's Hats • Men's Sportswear • Men's Clothing • Men's Outerwear • Inventions • Levis • Coordinates Unlimited

Travel Service • Hengerer's Cafeteria

Second Floor
Shoe Salon • Etienne Aigner Shop • Casual Shoes • Little Price Shoes • Little Price Sportswear • Little Price Dresses • Little Price Coats • Spectator Sportswear • Active Sportswear • Lingerie • Loungewear • Daywear • Shapewear • Sleepwear • Junior Lingerie

Third Floor
Miss Hengerer Dresses • Miss Hengerer Sportswear • Better Dresses • Better Sportswear • Miss Hengerer Dresses • Miss Hengerer Coats • Better Coats • All-Weather Coats • Leather Coats • Knitique • Young Designer Dresses • Young Designer Sportswear • Designer Salon • Fur Salon • Bride's Shop • Millinery • Wig Center

Fourth Floor
Junior Dresses • Junior Sportswear • Junior Coats • Junior Shoes • The Attic • Infants' Shop • Infants' Furniture • Toddler's Shop • Children's Accessories • Children's Shoes • Girlswear • Girls' Accessories • Girls' Intimate Apparel • Boyswear • The Shack • Teen Shop "Goin' Thing" • Made in Buffalo Shop

Fifth Floor
China Shop • Pewter Shop • Silver Shop • Crystal Shop • Waterford Gallery • Gift Gallery • Williamsburg Shop • Linens • Bath Shop • Blanket Shop • Art Gallery • Lamps • Drapery Center

Sixth Floor
Beauty Salon

Seventh Floor
Entertainment Center • Furniture • Lifestyle Furniture Shop • Floor Coverings • Area Rugs • The Tea Room


Amherst (1958)
Main Street and Eggert Road
The Tea Room
Sheridan (1965)
Sheridan Drive and Delaware Road
The Tea Room

Seneca Mall (1969)
West Seneca
The Tea Room

Eastern Hills Mall (1971)
The Pewter Pitcher


  1. The only Hengerer's that is still open as a store is the Eastern Hills location. It was first changed to a Sibley's (based in Rochester) then Kaufmann's (Pittsburgh) then of course Macy's. The fate of the others? Downtown and Amherst are now office buildings. Sheridan was a supermarket for 20 years and recently torn down for a strip plaza (Panera, CVS, etc.). The whole Seneca Mall was torn down soon after Walden Galleria opened in 1989 and only partially rebuilt as a power center. You can still make out the outline in the ground where the Seneca Hengerer's was.

  2. The 8th floor at Hengerers was Personnel and The President's Office, Advertising,and Credit Department,

  3. I worked my first real job as a stock clerk for the downtown Hengerer's november of 1961 till autumn 1962.
    Russ Peoples was the Warehouse elevator operator.
    I can still remember him singing Moon River..guy had a fantastic voice.
    Tom Flynn was one of the stock clerks..the names of the rest escape me.
    The store was its own thriving entity. There was a protocol which was followed that made the store an wonderfull experience for every customer who walked thru the doors (including the Air Door)
    Rich McCarthy

  4. O how I miss the Seneca Mall days. Hengerers, Sibleys, hens & Kelly's, am& a's...all sadly missed. I long for the good old days before crass commercialism and cookie cutter so called dept stores of today. We have lost a lot. Also miss the Buffalo of yesteryear.

  5. remember the nice round fireplace in seneca mall and going to ground round near the shows

  6. Does anyone recall the elevator operators of the 1940s? My mother used to recall working at the Main St store as an elevator operator from 1939 until after WWII broke out early 1942.

    In addition to the basic operation of the elevator car, she described the role of the "Hengerer's Girl" as a goodwill ambassador to customers as well as a reporter of trends and comments back to management. Customers' comments about their shopping experience overheard in the elevator were likely a valuable source of intelligence to fix what needed fixing.

    They were the news reporters as well as the "gossip columnists..."

    Can anyone comment on this?

  7. More on the "elevator girls...."

    The pay was $13 a week plus lunches, hairdressers, manicures, makeup, and uniforms. “Glamour girls of the store…” Had to look good, be sociable to all the guests, and keep track the department heads and vendors who were in the store. Guess they didn't have pagers and cellphones yet....

  8. Does anyone know of any video archives of the Hengerer's sponsored Santa Claus (with Forgetful the Elf) tv show that aired in the afternoon after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve?

  9. My Grandmother worked here her entire career in ladies apparel. I have one of her jewelry sets still in the original box from Hengerer's. She retired in the mid-1960's.

  10. According to this website, the Amherst store may have been designed by the prominent architect, Andrew Geller.

  11. It is a fascinating article about an iconic architect of whom I had never heard. It would be nice to have a book about the retail design work of the Loewy firm. I laughed, though, when the article mentioned "Hengerer's department store in Amherst, Long Island!"



    The website above suggests that noted architect Andrew Geller designed the Amherst store.

  13. Loewy firm designed the Seneca Mall store

  14. Check out this link for a view of classic Santa Show with Forgetful the Elf

  15. I was a Hengerer's elevator girl in the late 60's while in school. We were all tall blondes and wore deep blue suits, pearls and white gloves. Made $1.35 an hour, 10 cents more than minimum wage. They bought our clothes, shoes and we had to wear girdles. At 115 pounds, 5'9'' hardly needed it! And they did our hair every week in the 6th floor beauty salon.It was better than being a sales clerk, having to buy your own dark clothing for work. Stayed there 11 years and left as a senior executive in fashion and special events. They had quit the TV Santa Show, but we did "Breakfast with Santa". The store was a world of it's own. Over 1500 employees in all 5 stores. Someone else mentioned the 8th floor, offices, but the best was the small 9th floor where the store nurse worked. I also remember the sub basement locker rooms for staff and the tunnel that went under Washington St. to the warehouse. Haven't been back to Buffalo in many years, but seeing the store gone would break my heart. How sad.

  16. I have my grandfathers charge plate, it looks like a dog tag..

  17. In the early 80s I worked at Sears at the Eastern Hills Mall, and often went to the Pewter Pitcher for lunch. The food was okay, but the prices were reasonable, and it was a quiet retreat from the rest of the mall.

    I think the real reason I liked going there was because when I was little, my mother shopped at all the stores, but we never ever wasted "good money" on eating at the tea room. I remember peeking in there and the tea room at the Amherst location always looked so sophisticated and also relaxing. I really wanted to eat there, but we never did. So when I started earning money on my own, I was determined to get the experience.

    I guess I was just born a little too late --if department store tea rooms would be around today, I would be there all the time!

  18. I have a fur coat that has a Hengerer's Buffalo label in it. Does anyone have an idea as to the value? I got it at an estate sale. You can reply to if you know anything. It is a lovely coat.

  19. I have to chairs from Hengerers that my husband Grandparents gave us. They are a lovely pea green color and look well made. I am just wondering if I should have re-upholstered or toss? Any suggestions

    1. If the upholstery is in good shape do not reupholster them, it will lower their antique value significantly. I have a king's chair that my dog about 10yrs ago tore the upholstery and I was told, even with the tear, reupholstering the king's chair would likely decrease the value more. Restoring the upholstery would be the best route, if you go to a reputable, quality antique reupholsterer.

  20. I worked in the Statistical Dept.back in the 70's. Loved that job of preparing the "Daily Flash Report" using an adding machine, making copies and delivering it in person to the dept. heads. Great place to work! Also remember working the day the "Blizzard of '77" hit. Wish I could go back in time...

  21. I have a picture with your store name on it. it is of st john and the lamb, printed in 1845. is it from your store and what might the date be?

  22. Unfortunately, this is not a store. Hengerer's closed long ago. If someone reads your comment they may know something, so I am publishing it here. You'll have to check and see if someone see it. Why don't you take it to an antique dealer and see what they think?

  23. I remember going to Hengerer's and Berger's with my Mother to get new dresses for school in first grade! We picked out 5 dresses, one for each day of the week! This was around 1957 or '58!!!

  24. I just wrote my comment about my wonderful memories in Buffalo and all the lovely department stores downtown including Flint & Kents in the 1940s and 50s. You did not accept my comment. Don't know why.

  25. It must have been an internet/computer glitch, because I checked and didn't get any other comment from you. Please try again!

  26. Oh my. I can't write all that again. Maybe it was too much. I thought you would be interested in my experiences of the 1940s and early 1950s at these wonderful department stores downtown Buffalo. Again it was not published. Don't forget Flint & Kent's. Located across the old arcade building on Main Street. One of the owners went down with the Titanic in 1912. My grandmother liked that store & Berger's too. She worked at Wanamaker's in Philadelphia as a young girl 1910 through 1912 'l3. I sent comment on that at Wanamaker's ny.

  27. Sibleys was the 1st store in the Galleria Mall on Walden Avenue. I remember when I went to Sibleys before the entire mall was open. I was so excited to go there. Some of the pictures posted I recall being AM&As, so I am confused here. My father worked for a competitor of Hengerers, I can't remember the name, I think it started with a K. (Not Kaufmans, was long before that store took over Sibleys, was open when Hengerers was around) If anyone remembers. I would like to know the name, I keep thinking it was something like Klinehans but not the music hall.

  28. I have antique (1962) china from Hengerers in the original box with their name on it. Anybody know where I can get a value?

  29. When did the Amherst store on Main St. and Eggert Road close? My mom used to work in the
    drapery dept. for many years. I have fond memories of that store, and it was an unexpected
    surprise to see a picture of it here.

  30. I believe the Amherst store closed in the early to mid 1980's after Sibley's opened the Boulevard Mall store inside the former Sattler's store (the current large Macy's store) in 1983.

  31. I worked downtown Tea Room back '76-'77. I was 18. Busy restaurant. Famous for our sweet rolls. Kitchen help was nice. Some waitresses were nasty. Stranded for 3 days during Blizzard of '77. Had to feed stranded employees from Wm Hengerer and Rand building. Anyone work around that time? My name is Alan. Email me: Thank you.

  32. My grandfather was the Santa Claus at the Seneca Mall location. My folks brought me and my siblings there twice. First time was when I was in Kindergarten and I spotted him right away.

  33. So which store was larger, Henegerer's or A,M,&A's?

  34. Yes, it very well might have been Kleinhans - if you turned left coming out the front door of Hengerer's and crossed Lafayette Square you were at Kleinhans They were solely a men's store for the longest time then started to branch out into women's; I do not know how well that went over, because once the snows from the Blizzard of '77 melted, I was "outta there".

  35. If you just count the number of branches, I believe AM&A's would have been the the 'larger' of the two; square-footage wise, it's anybody's guess.