LIMA — Acknowledging rumors surrounding the University of Northwestern Ohio’s interest in purchasing property at the Lima Mall were “blowing up” social media in recent days, a spokeswoman for UNOH on Thursday said nothing could be further from the truth.
“Those rumors are not accurate in any way, shape or form,” said Stephanie Malloy, vice president of public relations and marketing for the university. “The Lima Mall is not a facility we’re looking at purchasing. We are not interested in purchasing any part of the mall property.
“Our biggest focus right now is getting our students back on campus and utilizing the facilities we currently have.”
Facebook posts in recent days have tied the suggested UNOH purchase of mall property to the purported closing of the Lima Macy’s store. Some store employees reportedly have suggested the store will close after this year’s holiday season.
While the future of the local Macy’s store remains uncertain, it was not among the 125 stores nationwide the retailer announced in February that it planned to close. Three other Macy’s locations in Ohio were on the closure list, including those at the Northgate Mall in Cincinnati, Stow-Kent Plaza in Stow and the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville.
Macy’s media office did not reply to an email Thursday seeking comment about the future of the Lima store.