GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- An Oaks Mall department store will be closing it’s doors.
Macy’s announced their Oaks Mall location will be one of the 100 planned closures across the country.
Macy's released a statement saying, "Macy’s, Inc. has been reviewing its real estate portfolio across the country to see if there are opportunities to improve the use of our assets. After careful consideration, Macy’s has decided to close Macy’s Oaks store in Gainesville, FL."
65 employees could be losing their jobs at the Oaks Mall location.
We asked our viewers what they thought about the store closing and here is what some had to say.
Margaret Baca of Gainesville says “Bummer, this is probably the first of others in it’s class."
Eileen Branham says ”Macy’s is the only thing worth going to the mall.”
Some were disappointed, but others saw it coming.
Mark simmons of Alachua says “not surprising with the way online sales are going”.
We talked to a real estate broker who explains why he thinks this could be a trend with the advances in internet shopping.
“Consumers are doing what they want to do. I think local Macy’s shutting down is probably a response from consumers that are looking to make life as easy as possible by shopping online,” Dave Ferro said.
Macy’s isn’t the only department store slowly closing their doors.
More than 100 Sears and Kmart locations will also be closing, including the Kmart in Ocala and Belleview.
“It looks to me like the stores are trying to right-size and streamline,” he said.
Liquidation sales for Macy’s will begin on Monday and go on until the store closes in March.
Ferro also says while stores like Macy’s step up their online game, locally owned stores could thrive.
“People are still have to run out and get things. They don’t want to have to wait for the mailman,” he said.
General Growth Properties, the company that owns the Oaks Mall, says they do have plans for the space that Macy’s will leave but they aren’t ready to announce what it is yet.