Macy’s Inc. plans to close its store at the Westside Pavilion mall in West L.A. next year as part of its previously announced plans to shutter about 100 locations nationally.
It will be the second Macy’s store to close in L.A. since the Cincinnati-based department store announced the planned closures in August 2016 as part of a cost-cutting strategy. A North Hollywood location was closed last year.
Blair Rosenberg, Macy’s vice president of corporate communications, confirmed in an email that the 220,000-square-foot Westside Pavilion store will close when its lease expires at the end of March. Employees were notified last month, she said.
“The decision to close stores is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is honored to have served this community for more than 50 years,” she wrote.
The company published a list of 68 targeted closures in January, but that list did not include any L.A. stores. That same month, the company sold its Westside Pavilion property for $50 million to Brentwood’s GPI Cos. and leased the space from its new owner. Some observers speculated at the time that the store might close, but the news was unconfirmed until now.
Macy’s has a store at the Westfield Century City two miles away, a center that was recently expanded as part of a $1 billion makeover.
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