Went to Watertown yesterday and stopped at the Salmon Run Mall. FYE is open there and business is good according to the sales clerk. My husband was very happy to make a purchase there!
You can't compare any Salmon Run Mall stores with ones that are/were in the Finger Lakes Mall. Watertown only does well thanks to Fort Drum. It seems that every time I go to Watertown there is a brand new store, restaurant or hotel which are always full of customers. In my opinion Finger Lakes Mall will be a thing of the past very soon.
It's not needed, frankly.
There's Destiny about half an hour to the east. The outlet mall about a half an hour to the west. Ithaca about an hour south. Then you have the big box stores in the Auburn area: Wal-Mart, Lowes, BJs, Staples, etc.
And, beyond that, you have Amazon.com and other mail order sites. People don't need malls like they used to.