Macy’s to close at Gallery at South DeKalb Mall

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Macy’s is closing in March at the Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2731 Candler Road, Decatur, according to reports.

In addition to the South DeKalb store, the iconic retail giant is shutting down at least 11 other stores nationwide including its Northgate Mall store in Cincinatti, where Macy’s Inc. is headquartered, media sources announced today.

The Cincinatti store will begin having its liquidation sales beginning this month and running for up to three months, sources reported. A final closing date has not yet been set.

Although On Common Ground News has not confirmed a closing date and other details regarding the South DeKalb store, DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson said he had spoken with Macy’s officials and confirmed the store’s planned closing.

“We are truly going to miss the South DeKalb Macy’s. They have been great community partners, not only as a retail store offering great customer service but lending support to several community projects such as helping local shelters,” said Johnson, whose District 3 includes The Gallery at South DeKalb.  In December, Johnson hosted his 21st Annual Tree of Love program to assist needy families at the stage outside of Macy’s. “

Johnson said he was proud of the accomplishments Macy’s has made during its long tenure at the Gallery at South DeKalb mall.

“The store had made a turn-around from being a customer return store to carrying designers and goods the community wanted. I loved shopping there for perfume and other gifts for my mom when she was living and my wife, and myself,” said Johnson. “They remodeled the second floor. They worked hard to keep the store open. They have been an institution in this community.”

The South DeKalb Macy’s was originally a Rich’s, which opened in 1968 under Thor Equities.  The mall’s other anchor, JC Penney, relocated to The Mall At Stonecrest in 2001. Amazing Rooms moved into the space left behind by JC Penney.

Macy’s plans to unveil a three-year strategy and growth plan on Feb. 5 during its Investor Day that it is hosting at the New York Stock Exchange, according to sources.

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  • S

    January 6, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    I admit,I wasn’t a big fan of Macy’s least with their shoes/ clothes after buying a pair of shoes that tore in three joke!,but in spite of my personal misfortune with them,I knew what the store meant to the people of South DeKalb.

    I have mixed feelings about the closure. Honestly,a part of me thought it wouldn’t be on the chopping block considering how long they stayed open.Then again, The Gallery At South DeKalb isn’t the same mallt hat I grew up with.

    As the passed,so did everything else. Seemingly, when JCPenney and Toys R Us..slowly but surely TGASDM began to transform into something an also massive flea market. Macy’s sort of held it together.

    I also noticed how food traffic began to slow down in recent years and it seems to worsen as time passes..and possibly hurting the South DeKalb Macy’s.

    If this Macy’s closes that’s it. There is no sense in keeping the mall open. Other than a couple of urban clothing stores,there is nothing in there to look forward two. Most of the restaurants are closed,the movie theatre is gone,there is no entertainment place to go to.

    A couple of years ago Space Jam Data asked the Gallery Of South DeKalb shoppers/ potential shoppers what they would like to see in the mall. Initially,I wanted to see quality shops in there but now..I think they should read the mall start from scratch and created some small retail/ open air shopping area like a reasonable version of The Forum.

    I don’t want to give up on the mall but it seems that many owners and developers have.


    • S

      January 6, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      * excuse my errors


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