Macy’s outlet store to open at this local mall

Macy’s Backstage, the company’s outlet store, will open its doors inside the Macy’s location at the Boynton Beach Mall, the retailer announced Thursday.

The grand opening is set for April 29.  To mark the occasion, the company plans to give away $20 gift cards to the first 100 customers. Macy’s also plans to hold special events throughout the day.

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The 19,000-square-foot shop is the first Macy’s Backstage store in Palm Beach County.

It’s opening comes less than a month after Macy’s closed its CityPlace location.  The 108,000-square-foot store in CityPlace is one of 68 locations the retailer plans to close this year as part of a downsizing effort aimed at boosting the retailer’s digital sales, outlet stores and luxury beauty division.

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“We created Macy’s Backstage for the seasoned outlet shopper who enjoys the excitement of the treasure hunt but whose time and money is a commodity,” said Vanessa LeFebvre, senior vice president/general merchandise manager of Macy’s Backstage stores. “Our latest Backstage store is a convenient twist to the traditional outlet store format that we feel Macy’s and mall shoppers will enjoy and embrace, and we are thrilled to bring this new concept to Boynton Beach.”

 

Will J.C. Penney stores close Palm Beach County stores?

The quick answer: No.

The retail chain will close only two stores in Florida. They are the locations at the Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center and Palatka Mall.

J.C. Penney’s two Palm Beach County stores, at Wellington Green and Boynton Beach Mall, will remain open.

Shoppers wait in line for the 3pm opening specials outside JC Penney at the Mall at Wellington Green on November 24, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Overall, J.C. Penney will shutter 138 stores across the country — almost a quarter of the total in just in four states. Nine will close in Texas, eight in Minnesota and seven each in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Store close-out sales, the company said, will start in April and the stores will be closed by the middle of June. After that, J.C. Penney will still list about 900 stores.

In addition to J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Hhgregg, Macy’s, BCBG Maxazria and American Apparel have all announced closures in recent weeks.

Best side roads to get you around busy holiday shopping traffic in Palm Beach County

You’re not alone. Yes, I’m talking to you, the person who is looking for a way home that doesn’t take you past a shopping mall. Or a way to your doctor’s appointment that won’t lead you along a street where cars will be stacked up in a right-turn lane to get to JC Penney’s.

I used to work at a mall. I was an assistant manager at Picture People at the Mall at Wellington Green while in college, and during the holidays I often walked 10 or 15 minutes from a distant parking space to the store.

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And that was after I sat in traffic for 20 or 30 minutes just trying to find a parking space to begin with.

So I know all too well the pain of struggling to navigate traffic around a shopping mall during the holidays. That’s why I’ve put together this list of side roads and alternate routes to help you get around the deadlock.

Inside, shoppers are happily searching for the perfect gift. Outside, it's the Wild West of traffic. Don't worry — we'll help you get around the traffic. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) —    Wellington  -  Macy's shoppers head out into the Mall at Wellington Green Friday for more Black Friday savings.
Inside, shoppers are happily searching for the perfect gift. Outside, it’s the Wild West of traffic. Don’t worry — we’ll help you get around the traffic. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) — Wellington – Macy’s shoppers head out into the Mall at Wellington Green Friday for more Black Friday savings.

All of these routes are going to take you a little out-of-the-way. But if you time it just right, you’ll save yourself the headache of sitting bumper-to-bumper with other frustrated drivers who just want to get home.

Check out my suggestions, then comment to share your ideas.

Gardens Mall / Downtown at the Gardens / Legacy Place

This is a great destination shopping area — but if you want to avoid it altogether, that could be difficult. Suggested routes: Military Trail to Kyoto Gardens Drive, then take Alternate A1A north to Donald Ross Road or south to Burns Road.

Palm Beach Outlets

This area is surrounded by development, so there’s still quite a bit of potential for congestion, even on side roads. Suggested routes: Use either Village Boulevard or Australian Avenue to travel north and south and avoid the stretch of Palm Beach Lakes directly to the south of the mall, where most people access the shopping area’s parking lots.

Mall at Wellington Green

I have a particular soft spot for these options, because I use them quite frequently. Suggested routes: If heading or coming from the west, use Stribling Way and State Road 7; if heading or coming from the east, use a combination of Lyons Road, Stribling Way and State Road 7.

Boynton Beach Mall

This can be a little tricky; similar to the Palm Beach Outlets, the Boynton Beach Mall has seen a surge in surrounding development in recent years, especially with the addition of more homes in Renaissance Commons. If you don’t need to drive near this mall during the holidays, don’t. Suggested routes: For east-west travel, use Gateway Boulevard to the north or Boynton Beach Boulevard to the south. For north-south travel, take either Lawrence Road or head east of I-95 to take Seacrest Boulevard. (Again, these routes aren’t for people in a rush — just for those who want to avoid that bumper-to-bumper traffic you inevitably find near malls around the holidays.)

Town Center at Boca Raton

This area is a great destination shopping spot — along the lines of the Gardens Mall. It also happens to offer some of the more direct routes that let you get around it. Suggested routes: For north-south travel, take either Powerline Road or Military Trail. Just keep in mind that Military does not intersect with Glades Road, so if you need to get onto I-95 or Florida’s Turnpike, you may want to head St. Andrews Boulevard, which borders the mall south of Glades but saves you the trouble of going too far north or south. For east-west travel, take either Palmetto Park or Yamato roads.

Now it’s your turn: Comment to share your thoughts on holiday shopping traffic and how you try to avoid it each year.

This mall is hosting a FREE storytime with Santa

The Boynton Beach Mall on Dec. 10 will host a free “Storytime with Santa” as part of its monthly KidX Club series.072514 Christmas in July 2

Children will be treated to a story by Santa and/or Mrs. Claus, holiday-themed arts and crafts and treats, the mall said.

The event begins at 3 p.m. and will be held in the mall’s play area for children.

For more information, click HERE.

 

Holiday shopping: When will Palm Beach County malls be open?

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?

Here is a roundup of seasonal hours for Palm Beach County’s five major shopping malls. 122513 christmas shopping 1

The Boynton Beach Mall

Nov. 30: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 1: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 2: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 3: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 5: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 6: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 8: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 9: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 10: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec 11: noon-6p.m.

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Dec 13: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 14: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 15: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 16: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 19: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 20: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 21: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 22: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 27: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 28: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 29: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Gardens Mall

Dec. 1-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dec. 5-Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 15: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 16-Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.holidayshoppingap

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: noon – 6 p.m.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Dec. 1-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dec. 5 – Dec. 9: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 10: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 11: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 16: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 19-Dec. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Palm Beach Outlets

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 5-Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 12-Dec. 15: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 16: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17:  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 19- Dec. 22: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Normal mall hours

Mondays to Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sundays:  noon – 6 p.m.

Special holiday hours

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dec. 10: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 16: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 19 – Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PGA Commons

Hours vary by tenant. See the holiday schedule below:

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Black Friday 2016: When will Palm Beach County malls open?

Planning to hit the malls on Thanksgiving Day? Here is a roundup of mall hours to kick off the holiday shopping season.

The Boynton Beach Mall

Thanksgiving Day: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The first 500 people to spend $100 on Friday, November 25, will receive a free Black Friday Fanatic tote bag.  Shoppers should bring their receipts to the Guest Services table in Center Court to receive the free gift.

112511 (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach-- Shoppers fill Macy's inside the Boynton Beach Mall after the store opened their doors at midnight Black Friday morning.
112511 (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach– Shoppers fill Macy’s inside the Boynton Beach Mall after the store opened their doors at midnight Black Friday morning.

The Gardens Mall

Thanksgiving:  Closed

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to midnight

Black Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Palm Beach Outlets

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Trick-or-treat on Halloween at this local mall

The Boynton Beach Mall will hold its annual Mall-o-ween Costume Party and trick-or-treating “sweets stroll” on Halloween.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat"  the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

The free event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, will also feature games, activities, bounce houses and hayrides in the mall’s parking lot

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“This safe, indoor, air-conditioned and entertaining alternative to traditional outdoor Halloween activities will offer free trick-or-treating fun the whole family can enjoy,” the mall said in a news release announcing the event.

The mall is located at 801 N. Congress Ave. in Boynton Beach.

Local mall to surprise shoppers with free gift cards; goodies on Wednesday

In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Wednesday (Feb. 17), officials at the Boynton Beach Mall will be surprising shoppers with a variety of freebies, including gift cards.

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Beginning at 10 a.m., mall managers will be randomly giving a way a host of items to shoppers including $50 gift cards, beauty gift baskets, handbags, t-shirts, movie passes, complimentary lunches and dinners. The items come from a variety of mall retailer including JCPenney, Youfit Health Clubs, Perfumania, Sephora, LA Leggings, Buca di Beppo, East West Bistro Buffet, Pops Corn and Versace Gelateria Italiana & Gourmet.

“National Random Acts of Kindness Day is an ideal opportunity for Boynton Beach Mall to show appreciation to shoppers and to encourage thoughtfulness and charity in the community,” said Poonam Patel, director of marketing and business development at Boynton Beach Mall. “We’re looking forward to spreading smiles throughout the day and encouraging others to pay the kindness forward.”

In addition to surprising shoppers, Boynton Beach Mall management will also be treating its retailers to sweet treats and coffee, officials said.