BREAKING: Macy’s in CityPlace to close

File photo of CityPlace

File photo of CityPlace

Macy’s will close its CityPlace store this spring as part of a downsizing effort aimed at boosting the retailers digital sales, outlet stores and luxury beauty division, the company announced Wednesday.

The 108,000-square-foot store in CityPlace is one of 68 locations the retailer plans to close this year as part of the streamlining measure. The CityPlace location opened in 2000 and has 72 employees.

Wednesday’s announcement followed disappointing holiday sales for the retailer. The company said that comparable sales declined by 2.1 percent in November and December over the same period a year ago.

“We had anticipated sales would be stronger,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. “We believe that our performance during the holiday season reflects the broader challenges facing much of the retail industry.

In an emailed statement, CityPlace officials said they plan to bring a “dynamic new use” to the Macy’s space, which is located on one of the shopping and entertainment hub’s most prominent corners.

“We have been in talks with Macy’s about their plans to close their store at CityPlace, as a part of a broader initiative to close a portion of their stores around the country,” CityPlace said. “Our goal is to not only bring a dynamic new use to this important location, but also ensure that the job base and economic contributions to the city and region are preserved or enhanced. CityPlace opened over a decade ago, and its continuous evolution has been a critical element to maintaining its position as one of Palm Beach County’s most favorite shopping and entertainment destinations.”

Brick-and-mortar retailers like Macy’s have struggled to compete with the rise of online shopping. Macy’s announcement follows a string of recent closures at malls across Palm Beach County.

The Limited, a national women’s apparel chain, recently closed its doors in The Gardens Mall.

Specialty home goods retailer Williams-Sonoma is closing its location at the Mall at Wellington Green, and Disney Store is set to leave The Boynton Beach Mall later this month.

Macy’s said the CityPlace store is one of 63 stores that will close in early spring. Two others will close in mid-2017 and three have already been closed. In all, 3,900 jobs will be eliminated as a result of the closures.

“We are closing locations that are unproductive or are no longer robust shopping destinations due to changes in the local retail shopping landscape, as well as monetizing locations with highly valued real estate,” Lundgren said.