Macy's announced it is closing 45 more department stores nationally in 2021, including at Water Tower Place in Chicago and College Mall in Bloomington, as part of a previously announced cost-cutting measure.
But the New York City-based retailer's local stores at Southlake Mall in Hobart and River Oaks Center in Calumet City appear to have survived the latest round of closings.
"We have no announcements to make regarding Macy’s Southlake Mall, Macy’s River Oaks Center or our other Macy’s locations within the states of Illinois and Indiana," spokeswoman Julianne Olivo said.
She said a full list of store closures would be available on the company's website Wednesday.
Macy's, which has been the largest department store chain left standing in the country since 2015, did confirm it was closing its Water Tower Place store on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago and its store in Bloomington.
"Macy’s Water Tower Place has been honored to serve its customers on the Magnificent Mile for 45 years," Olivo said. "Macy’s is committed to the greater Chicago community. We will continue to serve our customers at Macy’s on State Street as well as in a number of suburban locations, online at macys.com and the Macy’s app."
Macy's, which has struggled because of increased competition from ecommerce and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, also will shut down the store it's run in Bloomington near Indiana University's main campus for the last 38 years.
"After careful consideration, Macy’s has decided to close our College Mall location in Bloomington. This closure is part of the company’s strategy announced in early 2020," Olivo said.
She said news of the closures was shared with employees at impacted stores.
"Regular, non-seasonal colleagues who we are unable to place at a nearby Macy’s store will be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources," she said.
Clearance sales will begin this month and run for eight to 12 weeks.
The department store chain, which sells women's and men's clothing as well as home goods and furnishings, still operates more than 540 stores nationwide.
Region stores that closed in 2020
Region stores that closed in 2020
The brick-and-mortar retail sector has been struggling because of competition with e-commerce giants like Amazon, eBay, Wayfair, Chewy and Zappos. But 2020 presented unprecedented challenges because of COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns and restrictions. Here's a look at stores in the Region that closed, announced they would close, filed for bankruptcy or were saved from closure in 2020:
Art Van Furniture to close all stores, including in Hobart and Portage.
Family Video, the Glenview, Illinois-based company that's now the largest video store chain left in the United States, is closing 200 locations across the country this month, including in Dyer and Valparaiso.
Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close its locations in Hobart and Orland Park before the end of the year.
The Kmart in Valparaiso, the last one left in Northwest Indiana, has closed.
The Express clothing store closed Sunday in River Oaks Center in Calumet City.
The long-running family-owned jewelry store chain opened an outpost in the super-regional Southlake Mall in 2012.
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Carson's, the iconic Midwestern department store chain that has been run out of Merrillville as an e-commerce site since it collapsed into bankruptcy in 2018, closed its only remaining brick-and-mortar store in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
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The bankruptcy could deliver a big blow to the Southlake Mall and Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets.
The California-based retailer plans to keep open its stores, including its Hobart location at 2108 E 80th Ave. The musical superstore across from the Southlake Mall has long been a destination for musicians from across Northwest Indiana.
JC Penney, which already had filed for bankruptcy and announced it was shuttering 230 stores nationwide, said it would close its Calumet City department store at 200 River Oaks Drive. The troubled retailer is shuttering 154 stores this summer and plans to announce another wave of closures in the next few weeks.
The J.C. Penney at River Oaks Center has been spared from a previously announced closure as the troubled retailer works through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
A longtime customer is buying the Brumm's Bloomin' Barn florist and gift shop in Highland, which will become Bloomin' Barn next year.
Piper Boutiques is closing after 37 years in Valpo, while businesses across Northwest Indiana are limping on and looking for the public's support while still offering freebies for health care workers and first responders.
Macy's won't say whether its stores at the Southlake Mall and River Oaks Center will make the cut.
Pier 1 Imports filed for bankruptcy as it holds liquidation sales at its stores in Hobart and Valparaiso.
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