Macy’s at the Charleston Town Center is scheduled to shut its doors for good in early 2019. After Macy’s leaves, J.C. Penney will be the last remaining national department store located in the struggling shopping mall.
Carolyn Ng Cohen, the director of media relations for Macy’s, tells 13 News, “Macy’s, Inc. has been reviewing its real estate portfolio across the country to see if there are opportunities to improve the use of our assets.”
The statement goes on to say, “The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is delighted to have served the Charleston community over the past 36 years, and we look forward to continuing to do so at Macy’s in Barboursville, West Virginia and online at macys.com.”
The Charleston store will begin a clearance sale in the beginning of February.
The announcement comes just days ahead of a scheduled auction of the Town Center. That’s set to happen on the Kanawha County Courthouse steps on Thursday, January 24.
The Charleston Town Center has been in receivership for nearly a year, following a civil lawsuit by the U.S. Bank National Association in 2017. The former mall owers defaulted on a $100 million loan issued by the U.S. Bank Association.