CityPlace Macy's to close

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Macy's has announced the closing of 68 stores including one at CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

It said the store closures are part of the approximately 100 closings announced in August 2016.

“Over the past year, we have been focused and disciplined about making strategic decisions to position us to gain market share and return to growth over time. While we are pleased with the strong performance of our highly developed online business, as well as the progress we have made on selling and visual presentation programs and expense reduction initiatives in 2016, we continue to experience declining traffic in our stores where the majority of our business is still transacted. Given the overall trends challenging us and the broader retail industry, and the time needed to execute new strategies, we expect our 2017 change in comparable sales to be relatively consistent with our November/December sales trend,” Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., said in a statement.

CityPlace issued this statement:

“We have been in talks with Macy’s about their plans to close their store at CityPlace, as a part of a broader initiative to close a portion of their stores around the country.
Our goal is to not only bring a dynamic new use to this important location, but also ensure that the job base and economic contributions to the city and region are preserved or enhanced.
CityPlace opened over a decade ago, and its continuous evolution has been a critical element to maintaining its position as one of Palm Beach County’s most favorite shopping and entertainment destinations.”

Many Macy's customers just learning about the plans to close the CityPlace store are shocked and disappointed. 

"I just got my Macy's card," said Brenda Albee of West Palm Beach.

"I'm very disappointed. I love it. I'm wearing these clothes from Macy's," said Leila Hamori of Delray Beach. 

Tourist Gabriela Giannubilo from Brazil says Macy's is what drew her to shop at CityPlace. 

"They have everything and every label that we know," said Giannubilo. 
 
The store is the only big name department store at the shops. It's been open since 2000. 
 
"The small stores and the boutiques are wonderful, but Macy's is the anchor," added Hamori. 
 
The manager of Adore says he admits he owes a lot of his walk-in business to Macy's. 
 
"A lot of people come specifically for Macy's and some people that used to go to Macy's, now come to us," said Fabio Filer, Manager at Adore. 
 
72 employees work at the 108,000 square foot Macy's store at CityPlace, according to Macy's. 
 
Shoppers like Hamori hope another big name retailer will come to CityPlace. 
 
"It's a neighborhood place to go for all ages, great place," added Hamori. 

Macy’s Store Closings

Already Completed 2016 Closings

Laurel Plaza, North Hollywood, CA (475,000 square feet; opened in 1995; 105 associates);
Ala Moana Jewel Gallery, Honolulu, HI (2,000 square feet; opened in 1986; 9 associates);
Valley Fair, West Valley City, UT (106,000 square feet; opened in 1970; 53 associates);
Already Announced Year-End 2016 Closings

Final clearance sales at the following Macy’s stores closing in early 2017 will begin on Monday, January 9, and run for approximately eight to 12 weeks (with the exception of Lancaster Mall*, where final clearance sales are already in progress):

Greenwood, Bowling Green, KY (124,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 63 associates);
Carolina Place, Pineville, NC (151,000 square feet; opened in 1993; 69 associates);
Douglaston, Douglaston, NY (158,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 144 associates);
Downtown Portland, Portland, OR (246,000 square feet; opened in 2007; 85 associates);
*Lancaster Mall, Salem, OR (67,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 53 associates);
Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire, WI (104,000 square feet; opened in 1991; 55 associates)

Year-End Closings

Mission Valley Apparel, San Diego, CA (385,000 square feet; opened in 1961; 140 associates);
Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA (141,000 square feet; opened in 1990; 77 associates);
Lakeland Square, Lakeland, FL (101,000 square feet; opened in 1995; 68 associates);
Oviedo Marketplace, Oviedo, FL (195,000 square feet; opened in 2000; 83 associates);
Sarasota Square, Sarasota, FL (143,000 square feet; opened in 1977; 86 associates);
University Square, Tampa, FL (140,000 square feet; opened in 1974; 73 associates);
CityPlace, West Palm Beach, FL (108,000 square feet; opened in 2000; 72 associates);
Georgia Square, Athens, GA (121,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 69 associates);
Nampa Gateway Center, Nampa, ID (104,000, square feet; opened in 2009; 57 associates);
Alton Square, Alton, IL (180,000 square feet; opened in 1978; 54 associates);
Stratford Square, Bloomingdale, IL (149,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 87 associates);
Eastland, Bloomington, IL (154,000 square feet; opened in 1999; 55 associates);
Jefferson, Louisville, KY (157,000 square feet; opened in 1979; 52 associates);
Esplanade, Kenner, LA (188,000 square feet; opened in 2008; 101 associates);
Bangor, Bangor, ME (143,000 square feet; opened in 1998; 65 associates);
Westgate, Brockton, MA (144,000 square feet; opened in 2003; 79 associates);
Silver City Galleria, Taunton, MA (152,000 square feet; opened in 1992; 82 associates);
Lakeview Square Mall, Battle Creek, MI (102,000 square feet: opened 1983; 51 associates);
Eastland Center, Harper Woods, MI (433,000 square feet; opened in 1957; 121 associates);
Lansing, Lansing, MI (103,000 square feet; opened in 1979; 57 associates);
Westland, Westland, MI (334,000 square feet; opened in 1965; 106 associates);
Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, MN (1,276,000 square feet; opened in 1902; 280 associates);
Northgate, Durham, NC (187,000 square feet; opened in 1994; 72 associates);
Columbia, Grand Forks, ND (99,000 square feet; opened in 1978; 53 associates);
Moorestown, Moorestown, NJ (200,000 square feet; opened in 1999; 107 associates);
Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, NJ (224,000 square feet; opened in 1970; 77 associates);
Preakness, Wayne, NJ (81,000 square feet; opened in 1963; 72 associates);
Cottonwood, Albuquerque, NM (173,000 square feet; opened in 1996; 56 associates);
Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV (178,000 square feet; opened in 1966; 84 associates);
Great Northern, Clay, NY (88,000 square feet; opened in 1989; 55 associates);
Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY (140,000 square feet; opened in 2000; 58 associates);
The Marketplace, Rochester, NY (149,000 square feet; opened in 1982; 77 associates);
Eastland, Columbus, OH (121,000 square feet; opened in 2006; 73 associates);
Sandusky, Sandusky, OH (133,000 square feet; opened in 1979; 61 associates);
Fort Steuben, Steubenville, OH (132,000 square feet; opened in 1974; 59 associates);
Promenade, Tulsa, OK (180,000 square feet; opened in 1996; 58 associates);
Neshaminy, Bensalem, PA (211,000 square feet; opened in 1968; 89 associates);
Shenango Valley, Hermitage, PA (106,000 square feet; opened in 1976; 69 associates);
Beaver Valley, Monaca, PA (203,000 square feet; opened in 1987; 78 associates);
Lycoming, Muncy, PA (120,000 square feet; opened in 1995; 61 associates);
Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth Meeting, PA (214,000 square feet; opened in 1966; 74 associates);
Washington Crown Center, Washington, PA (148,000 square feet; opened in 1999; 67 associates);
Parkdale, Beaumont, TX (171,000 square feet; opened in 2002; 67 associates);
Southwest Center, Dallas, TX (148,000 square feet; opened in 1975; 68 associates);
Sunland Park, El Paso, TX (105,000 square feet; opened in 2004; 71 associates);
Greenspoint, Houston, TX (314,000 square feet; opened in 1976; 70 associates);
West Oaks Mall, Houston, TX (244,000 square feet; opened in 1982; 135 associates);
Pasadena Town Square, Pasadena, TX (209,000 square feet; opened in 1962; 78 associates);
Collin Creek, Plano, TX (199,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 103 associates);
Broadway Square, Tyler, TX (100,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 65 associates);
Layton Hills, Layton, UT (162,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 72 associates);
Cottonwood, Salt Lake City, UT (200,000 square feet; opened in 1962; 88 associates);
Landmark, Alexandria, VA (201,000 square feet; opened in 1965; 119 associates);
River Ridge, Lynchburg, VA (144,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 60 associates);
Everett, Everett, WA (133,000 square feet; opened in 1977; 109 associates);
Three Rivers, Kelso, WA (51,000 square feet; opened in 1987; 57 associates);
Valley View, La Crosse, WI (101,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 57 associates)

Other 2017 Closings

Simi Valley Town Center (men’s/home/kids), Simi Valley, CA (190,000 square feet; opened in 2006; 105 associates);
Mall at Tuttle Crossing (furniture/home/kids/men's), Dublin, OH (227,000 square feet; opened in 2003; 52 associates)

Stores Sold (or to be Sold) and Leased Back

These stores have been or will be sold, and Macy's will continue to operate them on leases from the owners:

Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco, CA (280,000 square feet; opened in 1952; 204 associates);
Union Square Men’s, San Francisco, CA (248,000 square feet; opened in 1974; 256 associates; as previously announced);
Tyson’s Galleria, McLean, VA (265,000 square feet; opened in 1988; 122 associates; as previously announced)

 

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