Nittany Mall Macy’s spared from closure in company reorganization

bmilazzo@centredaily.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Macy’s announced Wednesday the national retailer would be downsizing and closing stores around the country in an effort to save $100 million annually, starting this year, according to the store.

However, the Macy’s at the Nittany Mall in College Township has been spared from closure, a company spokesman said.

Macy’s said it would cut 2,500 jobs nationwide in addition to closing stores and reorganizing operations. That would leave the store with about 175,000 employees.

“None of the five stores closing are in Pennsylvania,” Jim Sluzewski, senior vice president of corporate communications and external affairs, said in an emailed statement. “The 2,500 layoffs are spread across 850 different locations across country. So the number is very small in any one place. I do not have a specific number for Pennsylvania.”

Some employees would be moved to other retail stores or to the company’s online operations as part of the reorganization, according to The Associated Press.

The five locations closing are: Mesa, Ariz.; Overland Park, Kan.; Florissant, Mo.; Irondequoit, N.Y.; and Murray, Utah.

The office of local Macy’s store manager Melissa Saibin had no further details of the situation, and mall General Manager Lou Kanzleiter had no comment.

The announcement also comes after a healthy holiday operating season at Macy’s in which sales rose 4.3 percent in November and December.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @ M11azzo.

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