Macy’s Departing From Rivergate Mall After 14 Years

Macy's Departing From Rivergate Mall After 49 Years

Macy’s Departing From Rivergate Mall After 14 Years

GOODLETTSVILLE, TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Macy’s store located at the Rivergate Shopping Center in Goodlettsville has announced that they are beginning the process of closing their location at the mall after a 49-year run, according to officials with Macy’s.

The confirmation came via Macy’s, Inc. Media Relations out of Chicago.

“After careful consideration, Macy’s has decided to close Macy’s Rivergate Mall store in Goodlettsville, TN.  A clearance sale will begin in January 2020 and run for approximately 8-12 weeks.

“Macy’s previously shared this information with our valued colleagues. Regular, non-seasonal colleagues who we are unable to place at nearby Macy’s store will be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources.

“The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is proud to have served the Goodlettsville community over the past 49 years, and we look forward to continuing to do so at nearby Macy’s stores including Macy’s Green Hills, Macy’s Cool Springs and online at macys.com.”

Following the initial press release regarding Macy’s departure from Rivergate, Macy’s, Inc. Media Relations Manager Lauren Vocelle offered clarification on the history of the location.  The store opened in 1971 as a Castner Knott Co. until 1998. The name then changed to Proffitt’s through 2001 then to a Hecht’s before merging with Macy’s in 2006.

It was just last year that Sears left the Rivergate Mall. Malls across the nation and around the world are having to reinvent themselves in the wake of online commerce.

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This is not the first time that retail has had to reinvent itself. Walmart had a profound effect on how Americans shop and are now themselves adjusting to the reality of online convenience shopping.

Some malls, like the Mall Of America seen in the video below,  look more like amusement parks than shopping centers and others are catering to the online gaming community.

Today big money is trying to figure out what the retail landscape will look like in ten years. If they can guess it right, there’s a bucket of cash waiting for them at the end. What do you think?  Will we still have malls in 10 or 20 years? If so, what will they look like?  Will storefront retail comply and die in the wake of online shopping? Tell us in comments below.

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