Because of its small-town status, Wales has only a few small businesses and restaurants. For grocery shopping, there’s a Tops Friendly Markets store on Grey Street in East Aurora. The closest Wegmans supermarkets are on McKinley Parkway in Buffalo, and on Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.
For retail shopping, there’s a Sears Hometown Store in East Aurora and more shopping choices further west in Orchard Park, about 12 miles from Wales. Students here attend the Iroquois Central School District, a large district that covers 84 square miles in the towns of Wales, Elma, Marilla, Aurora, Lancaster and Bennington (Wyoming County). The district’s schools regularly do well in academic rankings. The closest hospital is Mercy Hospital in Orchard Park. The closest public libraries are in East Aurora and in Marilla