Macy’s announced Wednesday that the Everett Mall location, an anchor store, will be closing its doors. Clearance sales in Everett are likely to begin Monday and run for two or three months, the company reported. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Macy’s announced Wednesday that the Everett Mall location, an anchor store, will be closing its doors. Clearance sales in Everett are likely to begin Monday and run for two or three months, the company reported. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett Mall Macy’s among nearly 100 to close nationwide

EVERETT — The Macy’s store at the Everett Mall is slated to close in the weeks ahead.

The company announced the news in a press release Wednesday. About 100 Macy’s locations are being shut down nationwide.

Clearance sales in Everett are likely to begin Monday and run for two or three months, the company reported.

It was among the locations described as being unproductive or “no longer robust” as a shopping destination.

The Everett store opened in the 1970s and employs 109 people. Some employees will be offered jobs at nearby stores, while others might be eligible for severance pay, the company said.

A spokesman for the Everett Mall said he was not authorized to answer questions. He said the Macy’s property at 1502 SE Everett Mall Way is owned by a real-estate firm in Southern California.

A receptionist at the firm said no one was available to comment.

The Macy’s is an anchor tenant at the mall and occupies about 133,000 square feet. The mall already has been advertising that it needs another anchor tenant for about a year and a half now.

The Macy’s part of the mall, which includes a handful of businesses, is worth about $11.4 million, property records show.

The Everett Macy’s used to be the Bon Marche. The Bon for decades was based in Everett at 2802 Wetmore Ave. A second store was later opened at the mall. The downtown Bon Marche closed in 1992, and that’s now the home of the toymaker Funko. Macy’s bought the Bon Marche brand in 2005.

Soon, the closest Macy’s store will be in Lynnwood or Burlington in Skagit County.

There are about 20 Macy’s stores in the state, not including the furniture galleries. Another store in Kelso in Cowlitz County is among the expected closures.

The company said in the news release that it wants to save money and focus resources on the remaining stores. It’s not the only retail outlet struggling.

The company that owns Sears and Kmart also has announced plans to shutter locations. The Sears at the Everett Mall has not been listed among those closures.

The Alderwood mall location was listed in a news release issued Wednesday, but it was unclear whether the store will close or just the automotive center.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @rikkiking.

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