(ABC4 Utah) Retail giant Macy’s announced Wednesday the 68 stores it plans to close in 2017.
These nationwide store closures are among 100 closings announced in August 2016.
The department store chain says its strategy is to operate “fewer stores with better customer experience.”
According to a news release, the stores in Utah Macy’s plans to close include a location at Layton Hills Mall and one at Cottonwood Mall in Holladay The Layton location opened in 1980. The Cottonwood location opened in 1962.
These stores employ 72 associates and 88 associates respectively.
The City of Holladay released a statement about the future development of the Cottonwood Mall site:
“Today’s announcement by Macy’s that it will be closing its location in Holladay brings to a close the last remaining part of the former Cottonwood Mall. While we regret the loss of jobs and retail convenience that may come with the closure of this store, we also recognize that the closure also presents a unique opportunity for redevelopment of this critical asset in our community.
The Ivory Companies (Ivory Development, Ivory Homes, and ICO Commercial) have entered into an agreement to purchase the former Cottonwood Mall site. Over the next several months, the City will be working with the Ivory Companies to refine ideas for future development on the site. We are excited about the opportunities this agreement may create for Holladay and its residents and look forward to a discussion with the community about how those opportunities.”
Macy’s is opening a new store at Fashion Place mall in Murray in spring 2017. It is expected to employ about 150 associates.
The announcement of store closures comes amid a disappointing holiday shopping season. The retailer said sales at its established stores fell 2.1 percent in November and December compared to the same period last year.
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