SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — After 30 years, Macy’s will be closing their store at the Swansea Mall, Eyewitness News has confirmed.
“After careful consideration, Macy’s has decided to close its Swansea, Massachusetts store in early 2019,” Emily Hawkins, Macy’s director of northeast media relations, wrote in an email to Eyewitness News.
The store will run a 8-12 week clearance sale starting in mid-January.
Hawkins said the department store “previously shared this information with our valued colleagues.” She said regular, non-seasonal employees who we are unable to take jobs at a nearby Macy’s store will be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources.
“The decision to close a store is always a difficult one,” Hawkins wrote. “But Macy’s is delighted to have served the Swansea community over the past 30 years, and we look forward to continuing to do so at Macy’s in Providence, Rhode Island and North Dartmouth, Massachusetts and online at macys.com.”
Abdi Mahamedi, CEO of Carlyle Development Group, which owns the Swansea Mall, said the store’s lease is set to expire at the end of March. Macy’s did not provide a precise closing date.
“In a way, it’s not a bad thing they’re leaving,” Mahamedi said in a telephone interview. He said he believes Macy’s stood in the way of other tenants coming to the mall, and he hopes the store’s decision to leave will open the property to new redevelopment opportunities.
The shopping center now sits mostly vacant, and just last week Swansea Selectman Christopher Carreiro made a pitch to hire a consultant, establish a redevelopment authority and create an urban renewal plan to revitalize the mall.
Mahamedi said he and the town are working together to try and breathe new life into the property.
“It’s an amazing location,” he said. “It was just a combination of economic downturn and the retail landscape that has affected the property.”