LIMA — The Macy’s store in the Lima Mall is officially closing in the spring. A company spokesperson confirmed the information for The Lima News on Tuesday evening.
“With careful consideration, Macy’s has decided to sell the Macy’s Lima location in Lima, Ohio. We will continue to serve our customers through March 2021,” according to a statement from the company.
“Macy’s previously shared this information with our valued colleagues in October. It is our intention to try and place colleagues in good standing in open and available positions in a neighboring location. Those who are not placed may be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources.”
In early November, Macy’s sold the building to the Lima Mall management group for $3 million. Until Tuesday, the company wouldn’t confirm what that meant to the business and the employees who work there.
In February, Macy’s said it would close 125 stores over the next three years and trim thousands of corporate jobs. Back then, the Lima store was not listed as one that would be slated for closure.
In early September, Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette said the timeline for the store closings could be adjusted as Macy’s monitors the competition and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Retail today has been disrupted. And while that disruption creates challenges, it also holds opportunity,” Gennette said at that time. “With many competitors closing or struggling, we see the potential to bring new customers into our brands and gain market share.”
The department store was originally called Lazarus and opened at the Lima Mall in 1971.
In 2003, the Lazarus store became Lazarus-Macy’s, dropping the Lazarus part of the name two years later.
In early 2009, the Macy’s Cafe closed its doors after being a popular place to gather. It was known for its bread pudding, chicken salad and sandwiches. Readers of The Lima News voted it the best place to eat lunch in 1998 and 1999.
The company offered a nostalgic tone in its announcement.
“The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is proud to have served the Lima community for the past 49 years,” it read.
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