Macy’s announces it is closing store in Metcalf South Shopping Center | News
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – In what the company deems as a series of ‘normal-course adjustments,’ Macy’s announced on Wednesday that it is closing five locations, including one in Overland Park. The 216,000 square-foot store in the Metcalf South Shopping Center that was originally The Jones Store, which was opened in 1967, will close its doors sometime this spring.
For some people here in the metro, the news is very disappointing.
“Its uncrowded and I don’t get lost like I do in Oak Park Mall so its kind of sad,” said Kathy Harper, of Leawood who says the Metcalf South location is convenient and closer than other stores.
A press release indicated that final clearance sales will begin next Monday, January 13 and they will run between 10 and 11 weeks. Other locations that will also close include a store in the Jamestown Mall in Florissant, Mo., and stores in Mesa, Ariz., Irondequoit, N.Y., and Murray, Utah.
“We continue to maintain a very strong nationwide network of stores through an ongoing process of selectively adding new locations while also trimming those that no longer meet our performance requirements or where our leases were not renewed,” stated Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and CFO of Macy’s.
While some shoppers say they hate to see the department store leave, Overland Park City Council member Curt Skoog says the closure opens up a realm of possibilities for what he calls a very valuable corner.
“We have a lot of aging retail strip centers that were built for a different time and a different clientele, so what we’ve been working on is a plan to the future,” said Skoog.
Macy’s anticipates a cost savings of about $100 million in concert with other cost reduction moves and organizational changes. One of the organizational changes includes combining its Midwest and North Regions into a new ‘North Central Region.’ The company anticipates that approximately 2,500 employees will be laid off due to the changes.
The Overland Park store employs 88 people and the company stated in the release that eligible full-time and part-time employees will be offered severance benefits. An employee inside the store says the store is slated to close for good in March. The developer did not return our calls for comment.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story identified Macy’s as being at this location since 1967. That assertion was made in error and the information has been corrected to accurately reflect that it was originally The Jones Store before it became a Macy’s store.