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Macy’s, Inc. to Close 11 Stores
The Earth Times ^ | January 8, 2009 | Macy's, Inc.

Posted on 01/08/2009 6:20:10 AM PST by rrstar96

CINCINNATI - (Business Wire) Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced the closing of 11 underperforming Macy’s stores.

“These closings are part of our normal-course process to prune underperforming locations each year in order to maintain a healthy portfolio of stores,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “While new store growth has slowed in the current economy, our long-term strategy is to continue to selectively add new stores while closing those that are underperforming.”

(Editor’s Note: Macy’s, Inc. this morning also issued a separate news release reporting December 2008 sales.)

Stores to be closed are located in:

- Ernst & Young Plaza (Citicorp Plaza), Los Angeles, CA (135,000 square feet; 136 employees; opened in 1986)

- The Citadel, Colorado Springs, CO (195,000 square feet; 105 employees; opened in 1984)

- Westminster Mall, Westminster, CO (156,000 square feet; 110 employees; opened in 1986)

- Palm Beach Mall, West Palm Beach, FL (190,000 square feet; 71 employees; opened in 1979)

- Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Island of Hawaii, HI (3,000 square feet; 3 employees; opened in 1983)

- Lafayette Square, Indianapolis, IN (160,000 square feet; 84 employees; opened in 1974)

- Brookdale Center, Brooklyn Center, MN (195,000 square feet; 72 employees; opened in 1966)

- Crestwood Mall, St. Louis, MO (166,000 square feet; 176 employees; opened in 1969)

- Natrona Heights Plaza, Natrona Heights, PA (73,000 square feet; 124 employees; opened in 1956)

- Century III Furniture and Clearance, West Mifflin, PA (83,000 square feet; 3 employees; opened in 2000)

- Bellevue Center, Nashville, TN (211,000 square feet; 76 employees; opened in 1990).

Final clearance sales at these stores will begin within the next week (with the exception of the Hawaii location, which will not hold a final clearance sale).

“The decision to close stores is difficult, and often occurs when the market changes, new competing shopping centers are opened nearby to existing older ones, or when customers change shopping habits. In the store closing process, we are committed to treating affected associates with respect and openness,” Lundgren said.

Affected associates in good standing may be considered for open positions at other Macy’s locations. Regular full-time and part-time associates who are laid off due to a store closing will be provided severance benefits and outplacement assistance.

Costs associated with these 11 store closings will be approximately $65 million (of which approximately $12 million will be cash), most of which will be booked in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The company opened four new Macy’s stores and one furniture gallery in 2008, as well as reopened a New Orleans store damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, Macy’s, Inc. expects to open three new Macy’s stores and one replacement store. Following the store closings announced today, Macy’s, Inc. will operate 848 stores – 808 Macy’s and 40 Bloomingdale’s.

Macy's, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation's premier retailers, with fiscal 2007 sales of $26.3 billion. The company operates more than 840 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy's and Bloomingdale's. The company also operates macys.com and, bloomingdales.com. Prior to June 1, 2007, Macy's, Inc. was known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, manufacturers' outlets, off-price and discount stores, new and established forms of home shopping (including the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television) and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at http://www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

Macy’s, Inc.

Media - Jim Sluzewski, 513-579-7764

Investor - Susan Robinson, 513-579-7780


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: business; economy; layoffs; macys; storeclosings

1 posted on 01/08/2009 6:20:10 AM PST by rrstar96
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To: rrstar96

What a relief! My Macy’s is staying open...for now. I’d better get shopping, LOL!

(I only go there once a year at Christmas. They have some super-duper sales on housewares that make great gifts.)

However, two of my friends are going to be devastated. I’ll be able to hear the pulling of hair and the gnashing of teeth from here, once they open the e-mail link I just sent them. ;)


2 posted on 01/08/2009 6:25:57 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: lsucat; Roux; Pikachu_Dad; WFTR; chemicalman; abb; Liberty911; CajunConservative; LSUfan; ...

Pelican State ping

I hope the Macy’s stores in Louisiana are doing well. In the New Orleans metropolitan area, the chain reopened its Kenner store in October of last year after a 3-year closure following hurricane Katrina, and it opened a new one at Lakeside Mall in Metairie during the same time.


3 posted on 01/08/2009 6:33:37 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: rrstar96

Macy’s would be doing better if they hired some employees and provided service in their stores. Even in New York, they’d have 10 registers on the floor - and one surly clerk at the one open register with a line of 15 people. I just used to abandon the items I was going to buy and leave after about 10 minutes not moving in the line. There were piles of clothing near the line, so I obviously wasn’t the only one who did this.


4 posted on 01/08/2009 6:35:28 AM PST by livius
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To: cll; AuH2ORepublican; livius; adorno; Teófilo; wtc911; Willie Green; CGVet58; Clemenza; ...
Isla del Encanto ping

I hope the Macy's store in Plaza Las Américas is doing well.

5 posted on 01/08/2009 6:36:13 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: rrstar96

The three Macy’s near us were giving things away in December...never saw anything like it in a store not going belly-up......yet.


6 posted on 01/08/2009 6:40:24 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: wtc911

The bargains were there, to be sure. My family and I went to one of our local Macy’s stores the days after Christmas and New Year’s and took advantage of discounts.


7 posted on 01/08/2009 6:43:16 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: rrstar96

I’ve been to several Macy’s in my area. All look like upscale flea markets. They also have no customer service. I simply stopped even trying to shop there.


8 posted on 01/08/2009 6:46:40 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: rrstar96
and it opened a new one at Lakeside Mall in Metairie during the same time.

The one at Lakeside just opened up recently. Louisiana's economy isn't all that bad at this time but I really can't see the Greater New Orleans population being able to support another Macy's for any length of time. I hope I am wrong. I had to do most of my Christmas shopping at TJ Maxx this year because of pummeling investments so I hope others are weathering the storms better than I.

9 posted on 01/08/2009 6:56:15 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: rrstar96

Are you kidding? The poor, oppressed people of the squalid Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are packing the shopping malls as much as ever!


10 posted on 01/08/2009 7:01:36 AM PST by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: livius

“Macy’s would be doing better if they hired some employees and provided service in their stores.”

Exactly.


11 posted on 01/08/2009 7:02:43 AM PST by amyjane (No choice now but to go forward and build on the rock.)
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To: martin_fierro
- Natrona Heights Plaza, Natrona Heights, PA (73,000 square feet; 124 employees; opened in 1956)
12 posted on 01/08/2009 7:04:50 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: amyjane

because several years back, Macys bought out Hecht co. here in the suburban VA area, we have TWO macys in some malls. i notice they aren’t on the list of those to be closed either!


13 posted on 01/08/2009 7:05:55 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: rrstar96

Glad to see that our local store is staying open. Since she retired (at 83), my Mom’s only hobby has been shopping and Macy’s is her favorite. The clerks all know her by name and save things for her if they know a sale is coming up.


14 posted on 01/08/2009 7:11:29 AM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I love Macy’s. I hate to see any store closing though. I am a petite and the one in my town has a very nice and sizable petite department. Everyone in the U.S. isn’t a giant or fat (but you’d never know that by the sizes most places stock). Penney’s often does not even carry a small - they start with a few mediums and then a ton of larges. Ugh.


15 posted on 01/08/2009 7:16:50 AM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: livius

My Macy’s is great. I’d love to see Dillards hire some of the Macy’s people in my town. The Dillards is awful - had a clerk make me wait in line for several minutes while she chatted with her 4 year old granddaughter!!!!!


16 posted on 01/08/2009 7:17:50 AM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise
Order on-line. The choices are endless.
17 posted on 01/08/2009 7:18:30 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I have never ordered from Macy’s on-line. I like to try things on - you can’t ever know for sure until you try it on unless it’s something you’ve bought already and just want the same thing in more colors.


18 posted on 01/08/2009 7:20:25 AM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: rrstar96

Almost store that is closing is in a state that voted for Obama.

They wanted change, right?


19 posted on 01/08/2009 7:22:08 AM PST by proudpapa (Obama - The Worst One Ever!)
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To: Paved Paradise
It's actually quite convenient and easy. All of the on-line sites have size charts, with measurements. Measure yourself, order the appropriate size and voila! :)
20 posted on 01/08/2009 7:24:56 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Paved Paradise

This site has petite clothing from size 0:

http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/prodnav/petites_default.aspx?BID=S2009008102513DCC4B6C5825240C9AF300C&h=P&sk=P


21 posted on 01/08/2009 7:28:02 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: xsmommy; Explorer89
- Natrona Heights Plaza, Natrona Heights, PA (73,000 square feet; 124 employees; opened in 1956)

Sad. To my knowledge that place has been a Horne's, then a Lazarus, then Macy's -- if not other things.

The Heights should just sever its ties with Allegheny County and merge with lower-tax Butler, Westmoreland or Armstrong counties.

22 posted on 01/08/2009 7:37:25 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

how far is natrona heights from that biggish, newish mall, whose name i cannot call to mind?


23 posted on 01/08/2009 7:40:09 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: rrstar96

I think a lot of the closures are in areas where they had multiple stores since the purchase of the May chain.

Eugene had two in the same mall, so the “extra” store closure happened a long time ago.

I always thought the service was good and the people friendly in the original store (which began as a different brand in the Federated chain, Bon Marche), but I haven’t been there since they moved into the digs of the May store (Meier & Frank). I never liked Meier & Frank.


24 posted on 01/08/2009 7:48:30 AM PST by Clinging Bitterly (Starve the beast.)
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To: xsmommy
how far is natrona heights from that biggish, newish mall, whose name i cannot call to mind?

You mean Picksburgh Mills, 'n'at?

They're not too far apart. Maybe 10 miles. PM is a lot easier to access than Heights Mall.

I hear PM is tanking, too.

25 posted on 01/08/2009 7:49:45 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: CodeToad

***I’ve been to several Macy’s in my area. All look like upscale flea markets. They also have no customer service. I simply stopped even trying to shop there.***

I went to Macy’s (new in my area) just once. Surly clerk chewing gum smack, smack, smack. The merchandise was definitely flea market quality. But the prices were upper-middle class. Won’t go back again.


26 posted on 01/08/2009 7:50:17 AM PST by kitkat
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To: martin_fierro

that is so sad. so who ISN”T tanking in the Picksburgh district? people just not shopping, period? is Monroeville Mall still doing ok?


27 posted on 01/08/2009 7:51:16 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: rrstar96

Macy’s would do well to learn something about PR from “Nordstroms”. Nasty, surly, complaining staff takes the fun out of shopping at Macy’s.


28 posted on 01/08/2009 7:53:18 AM PST by albie
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To: CodeToad

I think Macys stinks. Their customer service is terrible. They spend tons of money on newspaper advertisements offering what looks like great incentives, at least until you try using the coupons. Then you find out there are so many exclusions they are practically useless. They also must think their customers are idiots because they are always advertising special “one day only” sales, with a preview day that has the exact same hours, the exact same prices and the exact same things on sale. Do they really think the customers are too stupid to figure out that it’s really a 2-day sale? If the ones in my area go away I won’t miss them at all and they would only have themselves to blame because they didn’t used to be this bad.


29 posted on 01/08/2009 7:55:58 AM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: rrstar96
Back in the heyday of Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Wards, huge segments of the US population shopped by catalog. We trusted these companies to provide exactly what they described, we sent them our money and waited weeks to get the items, hoping that our choices weren't out of stock.

And I have to say that I still relish the days of browsing through the huge catalogs, especially the Sears Christmas Wishbook. Shopping online is really just an updated version of this catalog shopping. This is why I buy almost everything except commodity items online. We have become accustomed to shopping in person, putting our hands on the merchandise and trying on the clothing. The pendulum has swung back. It's unfortunate that these people will lose their jobs. But the stores are not meeting the needs of the customers while remaining finacially viable. This is just like the advent of the automobile age: buggy makers and blacksmith shops made way for something new. I would imagine that there was much whining from the owners and employees of outdated businesses....much like the whining from the United Auto Workers union, today, because they find themselves backed into a corner of their own construction. If enough people want something, someone will sell or manufacture the item. ...just like they told the inventor of the vibrator...build it and they will come.
30 posted on 01/08/2009 8:04:16 AM PST by RouxStir (No peein' allowed in the gene pool.)
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To: CodeToad
“I simply stopped even trying to shop there [Macy's].

Ditto for me. The service at Macy's is nonexistent, and the clothing “sales” are almost always focused on the house brands. The only local department store I shop is Belk, which is much cleaner, more modern, better lit, and more extensively stocked with higher-quality merchandise than the Macy's here.

31 posted on 01/08/2009 8:18:39 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: riverdawg

One of the primary stores I shop at is Nordstroms. AT least it is clean, the service helpful if not downright a support group for co-dependents, and the products are a higher quality than most other stores. Macy’s is a fifth rate joke.


32 posted on 01/08/2009 8:48:40 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: albie

Where are these Macy’s stores that employ these type people? I’ve worked as a vendor at 4 Macy’s here in Washington state and have only met very nice employees! Lazy somewhat, but nice!


33 posted on 01/08/2009 9:19:19 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Remember the 3 Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Richmond area.


34 posted on 01/08/2009 10:03:28 AM PST by albie
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To: albie
Nasty, surly, complaining staff takes the fun out of shopping at Macy’s.

They must have learned their customer-service skills at Walmart.

35 posted on 01/08/2009 10:53:06 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: CodeToad
I’ve been to several Macy’s in my area. All look like upscale flea markets. They also have no customer service. I simply stopped even trying to shop there.

i agree... i used to love to shop at Macy's... my favorite time to shop there was during their Fall sales in September...

now it's a big mess with piles of clothes and boxes of shoes sitting around... employees dressed like they're at a night club... belly buttons showing, thongs peeking out from waist bands...

36 posted on 01/08/2009 10:58:29 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: CodeToad
I have shopped at Nordstrom’s also, although the nearest one is 35 miles away. I own a couple of sweaters from there. Most of their men's clothing is too expensive for my tastes, however. I'm not going to pay $75 for a sports shirt at Nordstrom’s when I can buy a perfectly fine Nautica or Columbia shirt on sale at Belk for $25-30.
37 posted on 01/08/2009 12:05:11 PM PST by riverdawg
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To: riverdawg

Nordstrom’s isn’t a competitor to Macys, Nordstrom’s is more competition to Bloomingdales. If you are looking for prices and quality similar to Macys then Belk is a much closer match. However, Belk is only a regional chain most people have never heard of. We have one 5 minutes from our house, along with a SteinMart.


38 posted on 01/08/2009 2:23:36 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Paved Paradise

I wear petites, too. I do find some nice things at Macy’s. I don’t have to dress up often, so three ‘fancy’ outfits have lasted me for years on end. :)

I’m 5’1. My best friend is 6’, with huge ‘gunboats’ for feet, LOL! (She’ll tell you that, too.) We both can usually find what we need at Macy’s on our semi-annual shopping sprees.


39 posted on 01/08/2009 3:10:18 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You are fortunate. Interestingly enough, my best friend for years who, unfortunately moved away is also 6 ft. tall in her bare feet. I am 5 ft. Funny.


40 posted on 01/09/2009 10:00:52 AM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

And you know, she NEVER ‘looks down’ on me and I always ‘look up’ to her, LOL! I guess that’s why it works. :)


41 posted on 01/09/2009 4:10:18 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Very cute....


42 posted on 01/09/2009 5:03:02 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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