State College, Pa. – This year isn’t shaping up to be much better for brick-and-mortar retail stores. Macy’s announced earlier this week that more than a half dozen stores across the country will close in the early part of 2020, including the State College store.
The State College Macy’s is one of the last remaining anchors at the mall and has been there for 21 years.
In 2016, the retailer announced it would close 100 stores after it revealed the chain had six consecutive years of declining sales. Macy’s has been closing these locations as their leases expire, according to Business Insider.
Clearance sales will begin this month and will run for eight to 12 weeks, according to a report from The Centre Daily Times. An exact closing date has not been determined yet.
Regular, non-seasonal employees who are laid off and cannot find a job at a nearby Macy’s will be eligible for severance, according to reports. The number of employees at the State College store is unknown. Calls to Macy’s corporate media department were not immediately returned.
Macy’s at the Harrisburg Mall in Harrisburg also is set to close this year. Pennlive.com reported earlier this week that the store will close this summer following a clearance sale in May.
The Macy’s store at the Lycoming Mall closed in March 2017.
In other retail news, Pier 1 Imports announced on Monday that they will close 450 stores – nearly half of its locations. The home goods retailer, based in Fort Worth, Texas, also will close some distribution centers and reduce the number of corporate employees.
In a press release, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Robert Riesback cited declining sales as the reason. “Although decisions that impact our associates are never easy, reducing the number of our brick-and-mortar locations is a necessary business decision. We thank our team of hard-working associates for their commitment to Pier 1 and to serving our customers.”
An employee at the State College Pier 1 Imports location in the Trader Joe’s Plaza said on Wednesday that the store remains open and there are no plans to close that location. The Pier 1 store at Lycoming Mall closed in June 2019.