OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) — The Macy’s in Owensboro is saying goodbye after 22 years. The branch is just one of many locations around the country Macy’s announced will be closing soon. The news comes just one month after the Towne Square Mall fell under new ownership after Golfstream Commercial Services took over.
“It was a surprise as far as the timing went. We found out when everyone else in the community did with the press release,” said Ed Ray, Chief Operating Operator at Gulfstream Commercial Services.
“I was just really disappointed it’s all happening so quick,” said Owensboro resident Terri Luellen.
After 22 years of service, the Macy’s in Owensboro is closing its doors for good. The news was just made public this morning, but word is traveling fast and changes are already visible.
“I read about it today and I thought ‘Oh no!’ and as I drove out here they were taking the sign off Macys and I said, ‘Are you kidding? They’re already taking the sign off too,” said Luellen.
“It’s something everybody should really think about every time they make a decision about where they want to go and where they want to do their shopping. This is just another example of where retail has kind of fallen to the side of online commerce,” said Ray.
As the lights go dark, Ray is hoping to use this as a learning tool for a brighter future.
“That puts us in the position then so that we can really take a look at the mix and what we need to do with the mall to make this really a sound not only investment for the owners but also something that really can regenerate the business that has been here in the past,” said Ray.
Ray said that mixture will likely include restaurants, retail and other services that will hopefully breathe new life into the mall.
“Certainly it’s a hit. It’s a hit for south Frederica, it’s a hit for Owensboro,” said Ray.
“That is going to take revenue out of Owensboro when shoppers initially start going to another city you’re going to do shopping at other stores as well so there goes a lot of revenue out of Owensboro. It just makes me sad that we’re going to be forced to go somewhere else to find what we want,” said Luellen.
“The bottom line is if we don’t have local sales, we don’t have local retailers,” said Ray.
Officials with Gulfstream Commercial Services say the actual area where Macy’s is located, is under Macy’s control so it will be up to their corporate office to determine what will happen to the space after the store closes.
There is no official date yet for when the store will close, but a representative with Macy’s says the clearance sale will last 8-12 weeks.