UPDATE | Macy's set to close Saturday

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- UPDATE 4/15/19 @ 4:45 p.m.
Macy's will close its store in Charleston Town Center on Saturday, April 20, according to a company spokesperson.

"Macy’s is delighted to have served the Charleston community over the years," Director of Media Relations Carolyn Cohen said. "We deeply appreciate the loyalty of our customers and associates, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers at our Macy’s Huntington location, on macys.com and on the Macy's app."

The company announced the store closing in January.



UPDATE 1/22/19 @ 5:25 p.m.
Macy's will be closing its store in Charleston Town Center early this year, the company announced Monday.

The company released the following statement:

"The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is delighted to have served the Charleston community over the past 36 years, and we look forward to continuing to do so at Macy’s in Barboursville, West Virginia and online at macys.com."

Most shoppers in Charleston say this is bad news for the city. "It's kind of sad because we don't really have much to do here as a whole, they keep closing a lot of things down," Torey Thomas said.

Macy's decision to close its Charleston Town Center store leaves only one anchor store at the mall -- J.C. Penney. "They're skeletons, once you lose major stores, you have nothing," shopper Mona Painter said.

Other shoppers, however, are more optimistic. Shopper Joshua Long said he hopes a developer can re-purpose the space. "Something the community can really use, because if you want in there, there's nobody there," Long said.

Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin released this statement:

“While there have been media reports, mall officials have not received official notice from Macy’s regarding their future in the Charleston Town Center. I have spoken with mall officials, Senator Manchin and Senator Capito’s office about this issue.

"I am also reaching out to the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Workforce West Virginia to see what assistance can be provided to employees that may lose their jobs.

"I will continue to update the public when I receive more concrete information.”

The news comes just a few days before the mall's auction. The auction is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24.

"It just makes you wonder what's next," Thomas said.

Mayor Goodwin released this statement on Tuesday:

"As reports developed yesterday, mall officials received official notice from Macy’s regarding their intention to close the Charleston Town Center location. While the news was disappointing, it was not unexpected. I immediately connected with Workforce West Virginia’s Rapid Response Team to put a plan in place to help those that impacted by this closure. In addition, the City is also partnering with Senator Joe Manchin’s office to host a Job Fair at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center on March 22. More details on the Job Fair will be available in the coming weeks.

"Developing long-term solutions for the Charleston Town Center Mall is among my top priorities. Whether it is a mix of retail, entertainment, housing or lodging, we must grow this vital commercial and economic driver to create jobs in our city and our region.

"I am creating a task force specifically focusing on the Charleston Town Center Mall, Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center and other large opportunities for growth throughout the city.

"We are optimistic because the Charleston Town Center and surrounding properties sit entirely within a federal Opportunity Zone. With the auction of the mall property scheduled for Thursday, we are hopeful this is a first step for the future of the property and we can work together as a community to put together an action plan to help the entire city move forward."



ORIGINAL STORY 1/21/19
Macy's will be closing its store in Charleston Town Center early this year, the company announced Monday.

Macy's Inc. reports that a clearance sale will begin in the beginning of February and run for eight to 12 weeks.

The company released the following statement:

"The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is delighted to have served the Charleston community over the past 36 years, and we look forward to continuing to do so at Macy’s in Barboursville, West Virginia and online at macys.com."

Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin released this statement:

“While there have been media reports, mall officials have not received official notice from Macy’s regarding their future in the Charleston Town Center. I have spoken with mall officials, Senator Manchin and Senator Capito’s office about this issue.

"I am also reaching out to the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Workforce West Virginia to see what assistance can be provided to employees that may lose their jobs.

"I will continue to update the public when I receive more concrete information.”

Macy's decision to close its Charleston Town Center store leaves only one anchor store at the mall -- J.C. Penney.

News of the store's closing also comes just before the mall's auction, which is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 24. Many shoppers question the mall's future after a loss like this.

Macy's Inc., which says it's trying to determine the best way to use its assets, said regular, non-seasonal employees who are unable to be placed at nearby Macy’s stores will be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources.



 
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