Feb 4, 2020 - Economy & Business

Macy's to close 125 stores and cut 2,000 corporate jobs

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Macy's will close 125 department stores, one-fifth of the retailer's overall footprint, and ax about 2,000 corporate jobs over the next three years, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Department stores such as Macy's have struggled to keep up with e-commerce giants like Amazon, especially over the recent holiday season. Macy's and other department stores are still recovering from rocky end-of-year sales.

Details: The thousands of job cuts include 10% of corporate and support staff with several offices shuttering. About 400 Macy's storefronts will remain.

  • Its dual headquarters in Cincinnati will close and transfer all HQ roles to New York.
  • Macy's will continue to run the 40 Bloomingdale’s stores it has and about 170 of its Bluemercury beauty chain locations.

What's next: With the closures, Macy's told WSJ it expects to save $1.5 billion annually by the end of 2022, with $600 million in savings for the current fiscal year.

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