Careers Business Ownership Macy's Announces Store Closings Share PINTEREST Email Print The Balance / Colleen Tighe Business Ownership Industries Retail Small Business Restauranting Real Estate Nonprofit Organizations Landlords Import/Export Business Freelancing & Consulting Franchises Food & Beverage Event Planning eBay E-commerce Construction Operations & Success Becoming an Owner By Barbara Farfan Barbara Farfan University of Georgia Barbara Farfan is a retail industry expert with more than 20 years as a business consultant for the retail and publishing industries. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 02/09/21 There's no doubt that the traditional retail industry has been suffering in recent years. Many companies have had to make the hard decision to shutter some of their brick-and-mortar locations. Online shopping, a weaker economy and falling consumer sentiment are just some of the reasons why some of the country's biggest retail names have been closing their stores. Macy's is no exception. The retailer, whose first store opened in 1858 on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City, announced it would close 100 stores. The announcement was made in August 2016, and represents about 15% of all Macy's department stores. The bulk of those planned closings — 68 stores — were announced after a 2016 holiday season marked by disappointing sales. In addition to these store closings, Macy's also reportedly sold some of the floors of its retail stores, including its massive Chicago flagship store. In an email, a Macy's representative said the retailer would shutter eight of those 100 stores in 2019. A Brand in Need of a Refresh Age, longevity and legacy can be an appealing quality for shoppers, but many of the stores Macy's has closed or is planning to close bore brand resemblance to any of the Macy's flagship stores or the bright, shiny new Macy's stores that opened in 2016. Additionally, The Motley Fool pointed out that many of Macy's competitors are different because specific products — not stores — drive their brand value. It cited Michael Kors, L Brands, Victoria's Secret and Lululemon as examples. Store Closings Since 2016 Announcement These are the stores Macy's has closed since its 2016 announcement: California Irvine Spectrum, Irvine Country Club Plaza, SacramentoWestfield Century City, Los AngelesSimi Valley Town Center (men’s/home/kids), Simi ValleyMission Valley Apparel, San DiegoPaseo Nuevo, Santa BarbaraLaguna Hills Mall, Laguna HillsWestside Pavilion, Los Angeles (2019)Novato (Furniture), NovatoStonestown Galleria, San FranciscoLaurel Plaza, North HollywoodSunnyvale Town Center (2019) Connecticut Enfield Square (main store), Enfield Enfield Square (furniture/home/men's store), Enfield Florida The Oaks, GainesvilleMiami (Downtown)Lakeland Square, LakelandOviedo Marketplace, OviedoSarasota Square, SarasotaUniversity Square, TampaCityPlace, West Palm Beach Georgia North DeKalb Mall, DecaturGeorgia Square, Athens Hawaii KailuaAla Moana Jewel Gallery, Honolulu Idaho Palouse Mall, MoscowMagic Valley Mall, Twin FallsNampa Gateway Center, Nampa Illinois Northwoods Mall, PeoriaAlton Square, AltonStratford Square, BloomingdaleEastland, Bloomington Indiana Honey Creek Mall, Terre HauteGlendale Town Center, Indianapolis (2019) Kentucky Greenwood, Bowling GreenJefferson, Louisville Louisiana Cortana Mall, Baton RougeEsplanade, Kenner Maine Bangor Maryland Valley Mall, Hagerstown Massachusetts Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough Eastfield Mall, SpringfieldWestgate, BrocktonSilver City Galleria, TauntonSwansea Mall (2019) Michigan Birchwood Mall, Fort Gratiot TownshipLakeview Square Mall, Battle CreekEastland Center, Harper WoodsLansing, LansingWestland Minnesota Minneapolis Downtown Missouri The Shoppes at Stadium, Columbia Nevada Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas New Jersey Middlesex Mall, South PlainfieldMoorestownVoorhees Town Center, VoorheesPreakness, Wayne New Mexico Cottonwood, Albuquerque New York McKinley Mall (main store), BuffaloMcKinley Mall (home store), Buffalo Arnot Mall, HorseheadHudson Valley Mall, KingstonEastern Hills Mall, WilliamsvilleDouglastonGreat Northern, ClayOakdale Mall, Johnson CityThe Marketplace, RochesterThe Shops at Nanuet (2019) North Carolina Cary Towne Center, CaryCarolina Place, PinevilleNorthgate, Durham North Dakota Columbia, Grand Forks Ohio Chapel Hill Mall, AkronMidway Mall, ElyriaMall at Tuttle Crossing (furniture/home/kids/men's), DublinFountain Place, CincinnatiEastland, ColumbusSanduskyFort Steuben, Steubenville Oklahoma Quail Springs Mall, Oklahoma CityPromenade, Tulsa Oregon Pony Village Mall, North BendRoseburg Valley Mall, RoseburgDowntown PortlandLancaster Mall, Salem Pennsylvania Suburban Square, ArdmoreCentury III Mall, West MifflinNeshaminy, BensalemShenango Valley, HermitageBeaver Valley, MonacaLycoming, MuncyPlymouth MeetingWashington Crown Center, Washington Texas Ridgmar Mall, Fort WorthParkdale, BeaumontSouthwest Center, DallasSunland Park, El PasoGreenspoint, HoustonWest Oaks Mall, HoustonPasadena Town Square, PasadenaCollin Creek, PlanoBroadway Square, Tyler Utah Valley Fair, West Valley CityLayton Hills, LaytonCottonwood, Salt Lake City Vermont Burlington Town Center, Burlington Virginia Chesapeake Square, ChesapeakeVirginia Center Commons, Glen AllenPeninsula Town Center, HamptonMilitary Circle Mall, NorfolkRegency Square (main store), RichmondRegency Square (furniture/home/men's store), RichmondLandmark, AlexandriaRiver Ridge, LynchburgTysons Galleria, McLean (2019) Washington Downtown SpokaneEverettThree Rivers, KelsoRedmond Town Center, Redmond (2019) Wisconsin Oakwood Mall, Eau ClaireValley View, La Crosse Wyoming Casper Eastridge Mall, Casper (2019) Macy's said that it was reducing its brick-and-mortar locations in order to focus on balancing out the remaining stores with its digital presence. In an email, a Macy's representative said: "We are comfortable with the current store fleet and believe that every store has a role to play in our success. The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, and regular, non-seasonal employees who we are unable to place at nearby Macy’s stores will be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources."