Macy’s at CityPlace offers deep discounts in advance of store closing

The Macy’s at CityPlace in West Palm Beach has slashed prices in an attempt to clear out merchandise before the store closes this spring.

Signs near the front entrance Thursday advertised discounts of up to 60 percent off.

Macy's at CityPlace
Macy’s at CityPlace

RELATED: Macy’s in CityPlace to close

Macy’s announced last month that the CityPlace store is one of 68 locations it plans to close this year as part of a streamlining measure. The CityPlace location opened in 2000.

The announcement followed disappointing holiday sales for the retailer. Macy’s said comparable sales fell by 2.1 percent in November and December from 2015’s levels.

The CityPlace store was busy on Thursday with lunchtime shoppers looking for deals. Discounts included:

  • 40 percent off handbags; women’s shoes; men’s active wear; men’s dress shirts; women’s active wear; watches
  • 50 percent off luggage
  • 60 percent off men’s tailored clothing
  • 70 percent off fine jewelry

 

 

Valentine’s Day rose petal drop planned at CityPlace

CityPlace officials plan to make it rain rose petals this Valentine’s Day.

A series of petal drops are planned at the dining and entertainment hub in celebration of the holiday. They will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 and Feb. 14.  The petal drops will be coupled with a Valentine’s Day theme light show and a love song, CityPlace officials said. 021010_met_cityplace_1.jpg

The shows, which will be held at plaza near the fountain, are expected to last about three minutes, according to CityPlace’s website.

Here is a roundup of other Valentine’s Day events and promotions planned at CityPlace this year:

  •       Spend $100 or more at CityPlace shops and received a $10 gift card to Victoria’s Secret. Offer valid while supplies last.
  •       L’Occitane is having a “Better Together Valentine’s Event” on Thursday, February 9th. The event is all day and will feature free facials, sips, a free gift with $55 purchase, and a selfie station!
  •        Enjoy live music on the plaza on Saturday, February 11 from 7 -11 p.m. and Tuesday, February 14 from 6 – 10 p.m.
  •         Revolutions is having a “Heart Hunters” Singles Mixer on February 14 from 8 p.m. – close. Enjoy no cover and $10 specialty cocktails.
  •          On February 14, Blue Martini will have “Specials for Sweethearts & Singles.” Enjoy live entertainment and champagne specials. A rose will be given to every lady.
  •         The romance of Tuscany, Italy will come alive at BRIO Tuscan Grille, with its special Valentine’s weekend two-course prix fixe menu available February 10 – 14. Two-course meal specials starting at $20.95.
  •         Tuesday, February 14, City Tap House will be throwing a “Cupid is Stupid” Valentine’s Day Party. It will feature the perfect non-date menu, stouts & lambics on draft, and themed drinks.
  •         City Cellar will be serving up a special Valentine’s Day menu created by renowned chef Kevin Darr. The award-winning cuisine will feature various items paired with a curated wine list selected by the house sommelier.
  •          One lucky couple will be the recipient of our Valentine’s Day package valued at $750. The package includes dinner at Bowery Palm Beach, tickets to a performance at Palm Beach Improv, a couple’s treatment at Anushka Spa, an overnight stay at Hilton West Palm Beach, $100 gift card to Lucky Brand Jeans, and complimentary valet parking at CityPlace. Enter to win on CityPlace.com or at Guest Services now through February 14.

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.

 

Girl power: How three women helped create CityPlace

Lynda J. Harris
Lynda J. Harris

There are city fathers, and then there are city mothers.

Lynda J. Harris was a city mother.

She was the attorney for the Related Cos., which built CityPlace and helped kick off the renaissance of West Palm Beach’s downtown.

Harris died Dec. 14, following an illness and complications from a botched 2013 spinal surgery.

Ken Himmel is president of Related Urban, the mixed-use unit of New York-based Related Cos.

Here are Himmel thoughts on Harris, in his own words:

I have been leading the development of CityPlace, with my partner Steve Ross (owner of the Miami Dolphins), since its inception and opening in October of 2000.

We began our work together in West Palm Beach in 1998 when we competed with top national developers and got selected to take on this game changing mixed-use development, aspiring to create a new “downtown ” for West Palm and Palm Beach County.

Our decision to enter the competition and enthusiastically compete changed to a ” go for it” mode the day three dynamic professional woman came to our New York headquarters office to pitch us to take a hard look at this small community city and lead a transformational development.

Those three professionals, Pat Pepper (former mayor of West Palm); Nancy Graham (then mayor of West Palm) and Lynda Harris, the leading land use attorney in West Palm Beach, all came to New York that day with a mission: To convince us to give this competition our best effort.

And that we did then, to win the competition. And we’ve been working that vision even to this day.

Behind all that visioning and leasing and marketing and construction was a combination of political leadership and drive from Nancy Graham — and the legal leadership and community understanding that comes with years of successful experience, the full complement of skills and savvy that came with every assignment and challenge that Lyn took on with such commitment and enthusiasm.

Lynda Harris was in a league of her own when it came to legal and community counsel.

The original master plan for the complete 72-acre downtown CityPlace that Lynda Harris and Nancy Graham began with Steve Ross and me 18 years ago continues today under the able guidance and support of our current mayor, Jerry Muoio, as she enthusiastically envisions the next generation of quality growth for West Palm Beach and its downtown.

There is no question in my mind that if Lyn Harris had successfully survived her surgery from three years ago, she would be directly in the middle of all this new exciting development that Mayor Muoio is now leading.

And Lyn would be, as always, the go-to legal and community resource to get things done and built.

Lyn Harris was far more than my lawyer in West Palm. She was a close family friend and provided genuine counsel and friendship to my wife and children, who looked on in awe of what she had sacrificed in her life to achieve her great professional goals.

We will all miss her, but what a wonderful legacy to leave behind, knowing she made the difference in creating a vibrant new community in this special place called West Palm Beach.

Go in peace, Lyn. Your contributions here are a permanent part of this city, never to be forgotten!

 

 

 

CityPlace to hold “Winter Family Fun Fest”

CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach will host a free “Winter Family Fun Fest” on Sunday, complete with “snowfalls,” Santa Claus and carolers.

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo credit: TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo credit: TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Snowfalls will occur on the plaza every hour on the hour between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Santa will arrive in a sleigh as part of a parade that will make its way down Rosemary Avenue, the main north-south road through CityPlace.

There will also be live music and crafts.

Click here for more information.

Four things to know about CityPlace’s newest tenant

The Shade Store
The Shade Store

CityPlace, the shopping, dining and entertainment mecca in West Palm Beach, just scored a new tenant. But it’s not another clothing store or restaurant.

Instead, it’s The Shade Store, a company selling premium custom window treatments.

The Port Chester, N.Y.-based company features a collection of more than 900 materials for roller shades, solar shades, roman shades and drapery. The store is set to open Sept. 30.

The opening marks the company’s 6th Florida showroom. Other  locations are in Winter Park, Tampa Bay, Estero and the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in Dania Beach. There’s also a shop-in-shop in the Kravet showroom in Naples. A Miami showroom is slated to open this fall.

A store selling window shades doesn’t sound like a typical CityPlace retailer. After all, CityPlace once was replete with clothing stores, such as Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, selling all manner of women’s apparel.

But with the contraction in the retail industry as consumers buy clothes more online, many bricks-and-mortar stores have closed.

So malls, including CityPlace, are trying to reinvent themselves.

CityPlace lately has settled on home furnishings as a trend it would like to exploit. This trend got a big boost with the addition of a standalone Restoration Hardware furniture gallery in the median of Okeechobee Boulevard, next to CityPlace. Restoration Hardware’s 58,000 square foot gallery is expected to open in the spring.

The Restoration Hardware deal will allow CityPlace to piggyback on the store’s draw by adding more home furnishings stores, said Ken Himmel, president of Related Urban, the mixed-use unit of New York-based Related Cos., which built CityPlace.

The Shade Shop is among the first of several new home stores to come to CityPlace, along with soon-to-open Natuzzi furniture store, which has another store in Boca Raton.

We asked The Shade Shop’s co-founder Ian Gibbs why he picked CityPlace for the company’s flagship Palm Beach County store.

1.  Why CityPlace for the company’s West Palm Beach location?

CiyPlace is a really unique location. It’s one of the top shopping centers in South Florida and has a great mix of high-end design shops and retailers. It’s the perfect place for our brand.

2.  Specifically, was the company attracted to the coming presence of the Restoration Hardware gallery next to the center?

We have a lot of respect for Restoration Hardware and share a common customer, so it’s great that we will be near each other in the center.

3.  What about West Palm Beach made it appealing to the Shade Store?

Florida is one of our most successful markets and we have been selling in the West Palm Beach area through our online store for years. As we continue to expand our presence throughout the state, this market was a great next choice for us in giving our customers a physical location to shop for window treatments.

4.  What types of customers does the Shade store hope to attract? Palm Beachers? Residents living throughout the county? People living in new apartments and existing condos downtown?

We are a national brand with 42 showrooms nationwide. We are an ideal solution for anyone looking for custom window treatments and have a lot of experience working with new apartment and condo complexes as well as with new and existing homes.  We expect to serve customers from all over the area and our showrooms are an ideal place for both full and part-time residents to work with our trained design consultants to develop the perfect window treatment plan for their home.  And most importantly, not only do we provide unprecedented access to the world’s finest materials and artisan craftsmanship, but we also manage every detail of the project from inspiration to installation.

 

Music stops at Lafayette’s Music Room at CityPlace

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Lafayette’s Music Room at CityPlace in West Palm Beach has shut down, less than one year after opening.

The music venue and restaurant, which dubbed itself “Southern food with an attitude,” was on CityPlace’s second level, next to the Muvico Parisian 20 movie theater.

The company’s website said the restaurant “will be temporarily closed for renovation.”

No further information was available.

The space might reopen, but if and when it does, word is it won’t be Lafayette’s Music Room anymore.

A source said the restaurant and music space has new owners. The venue reportedly will open with a different concept, including a new menu, in a few weeks.

Tommy Peters, Lafayette’s president, was unavailable for comment at presstime.

A spokeswoman for CityPlace said the center had no comment right now.

Lafayette’s opened last fall in the space formerly occupied by B.B. King’s Blues Club.

When the space was B.B. King’s, the venue played blues and jazz. But B.B. King’s closed in 2014, after five years into a 10-year lease.

As Layfayette’s, the music was more varied, and featured rock as well as country music.

Last June, Peters said his goal was to make Lafayette’s “the finest intimate music room in Palm Beach County.”

A quick redo of the old B.B. King’s was intended. But design problems and other missteps delayed the opening for a year.

The original Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis operated in the 1970s but had been closed for many years until Peters brought it back to life. A sister location is open in Orlando, too.

Stay tuned for further updates.

 

 

CityPlace to host free art event for kids on Aug. 6

CityPlace in partnership with the Center for Creative Education will host a FREE art-themed event for children on Aug 6. 021010_met_cityplace_1.jpg

The “Discover the Arts Fun Day” runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature FREE art activities for kids.

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The event coincides with Florida’s popular back-to-school sales tax holiday, which runs from Aug.5-7.  During the three-day weekend, shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sale tax on certain school-related items.

From August 5- 14, shoppers who spend $100 at CityPlace stores will get $10 back. Those who spend $150, will get $20 back, according to a representative for the retail hub.

 

This West Palm Beach taco joint is closing its doors

Taco Vida, located off Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach, is closing its doors, according to an announcement posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The restaurant opened in CityPlace in 2010, but moved the Village Commons shopping center West Palm Beach two years later.

Taco Vida serves burritos, quesadillas, fajitas and, of course, tacos, along with a variety of salads.
Taco Vida serves burritos, quesadillas, fajitas and, of course, tacos, along with a variety of salads.

In the Facebook post, restaurant officials said recent construction at the shopping center hurt business.

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“We fought until the last week, trying to survive in this hard economy, but we couldn’t make it,” the restaurant said. “Instead of being helped we were almost obligated to close our doors. We want to thank so much all our loyal customers, our followers and our new customers for giving us the opportunity to serve you the freshest food in town.”