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Medford Macy's store not slated to close

I’ve heard the Macy’s department store chain will close 125 stores. Will this affect our store at the Rogue Valley Mall?

— Gary B., Medford

It’s too early to say whether the Macy’s store in Medford is entirely off the chopping block, but no Oregon stores are part of the first round of 30 store closures.

The closest of the 29 Macy’s stores targeted for closure are in Antioch, California, and Walla Walla, Washington, and the only Bloomingdale’s location is in Florida, according to a USA Today report earlier this month. Those stores will close in April, and the liquidation sales have already started.

Those 125 stores you mentioned? That’s part of the retail department store chain’s three-year reorganization plan, which calls for closing a fifth of its 680 stores in 43 states, according to national news reports earlier this year.

We reached out to the company for an official word. Macy's, Inc. spokeswoman Emily Workman told us in an email, "We have nothing to share at this time." (Updated)

Macy’s is far from the only traditional brick-and-mortar retail store struggling as shoppers shift more and more of their purchases online — even for larger items such as mattresses and home goods — according to a January Associated Press report.

Medford lost Toys ‘R’ Us in 2018 and Sears in 2019 to the nationwide wave of store closures that some have called the “retail apocalypse.”

Pier 1 Imports announced plans to close as many as 450 of its 942 stores amid a planned restructuring in 2020, according to a USA Today report, but Pier 1’s Medford store is not on the list. Roseburg’s location, however, isn’t so lucky.

JCPenney and Bed Bath and Beyond also announced plans to close stores in 2020, but those stores have not announced any Oregon closures.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501 or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

Update Feb. 18: Added reply from Macy's, Inc.