Macy’s to Close 68 More Stores, Including SoCal Locations; More Than 10,000 Jobs to Be Cut

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The Macy's sign hangs over its flagship store in Herald Square, August 11, 2016 in New York City. On Thursday, Macy's announced plans to close 100 stores nationwide. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Macy's sign hangs over its flagship store in Herald Square, August 11, 2016 in New York City. On Thursday, Macy's announced plans to close 100 stores nationwide. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Department store chain Macy’s said Wednesday it’s shutting down 68 stores and cutting more than 10,000 jobs.

The announcement was issued alongside an unfavorable earnings report, showing comparable store sales dipped 2.1% last quarter. The news caused its stock to plunge nearly 10% during afterhours trading Wednesday.

Macy’s said it expects to layoff about 3,900 workers as a result of the upcoming store closures, and another 6,200 jobs will be cut as the company works to streamline its management team, according to a press release.

“The actions announced today are estimated to generate annual expense savings of approximately $550 million, beginning in 2017, enabling the company to invest an additional $250 million in growing the digital business, store-related growth strategies, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and China,” Macy’s stated in a news release.

The company operates about 730 stores around the U.S. Of the 68 store closures, 63 stores will close in early spring and two more will be closed in mid-2017. Three closed by the end of 2016, according to the news release.

The store closures are part of the approximately 100 store closings that the company had announced last August.

Mark Cohen, a professor at Columbia Business School, said it’s not the last time Macy’s will make this type of announcement.

“It’s a very hard day for the folks involved obviously, but I would also say it’s inevitable,” Cohen said. “And there’s definitely more to come.”

He said that Macy’s — and its competitors in the brick-and-mortar retail industry — have been “unwilling to fully acknowledge the reality of their business performance,” and he expects job cuts and store closures to be an ongoing trend in 2017.

This is the second consecutive year the company has announced plans to close stores and cut jobs following poor holiday sales. Last January, Macy’s said it would lay off approximately 4,350 employees and close more than 40 stores nationwide.

The already completed closings included the Macy’s at Laurel Plaza in North Hollywood.

Other store closures in California included the Simi Valley Town Center in Simi Valley, Mission Valley Apparel in San Diego and Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara.

Additionally, the company announced a new Macy’s would open at Westfield Century City; the company previously operated a location before the mall underwent reconstruction.

Macy’s posted this list of stores that have already shut down, and stores that will be closing in 2017:

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 (stores to close in early 2017) 

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 in Salem, Oregon, 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)