Macy’s is currently advertising a 40 percent clearance sale on their storefront in the Redmond Town Center. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Macy’s is currently advertising a 40 percent clearance sale on their storefront in the Redmond Town Center. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Macy’s confirms Redmond closure after clearance sale

The town center location will let its lease expire after a clearance sale set to run mid-January through March.

Macy’s recently confirmed that the location in the Redmond Town Center will close within months after a months-long clearance sale starting in mid-January.

The Redmond location is one of the town center’s anchor tenants, occupying a separate building connected by a skywalk. The store will close sometime after the clearance sale, planned to run through the end of March, according to Macy’s spokesperson, Joy Deinla.

“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,” Deinla said. “Macy’s previously shared this information with our valued colleagues.”

According to a Business Insider report, Macy’s announced in August 2016 that it would close 100 stores and has been doing so as location leases expire. These closures are part of the company’s shift toward online and mobile shopping as brick and mortar stores lose business to Amazon and other online retailers.

“The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is delighted to have served the Redmond community over the past 16 years,” Deinla said, “and we look forward to continuing to do so at the nearby Macy’s in Bellevue and online at Macys.com.”

While the Bellevue location will remain, Macy’s is also closing the Northgate location, which has served that community for about 70 years.

Macy’s previously informed employees of the upcoming closures and those whom can’t shift to a nearby location “will be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources,” Deinla said.

OneRedmond CEO Bart Phillips said Macy’s is the only big box retail store in the city’s downtown.

“I think from a community standpoint it’s disappointing,” he said in a 2018 interview with the Reporter. “It just reduces local shopping options that much more.”

The Redmond Town Center has seen numerous tenant departures over the years, including seven retailers who let their 10-year leases expire in 2008, the Seattle Times reported. At the time, a real estate broker speculated sales were too low and new Redmond developments lured customers away.

Current business owners have said rents at Redmond Town Center continue to increase while lease terms are reduced. Turnover at the center is relatively high, owners said.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@redmond-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.redmond-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Business

A new measure from the King County Council could increase flexibility for businesses in rural areas of King County. File photo
County measure would increase flexibility for businesses in rural areas

Staff report Legislation the King County Council passed June 23 could lead… Continue reading

Like similar businesses across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bothell restaurant Hana Sushi closed due to public-health concerns. Sound Publishing file photo
Inslee changes course, says diners won’t have to sign in

Restaurants may still ask customers for information that contact tracers could use to stop an outbreak.

Businesses, nonprofits asked to participate in COVID-19 impact survey

Regional effort in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties

Construction worker installs siding to a building in Snoqualmie. File photo
Inslee gives construction a green light

It was unclear when sites would re-open, but employees will have to have PPE and stay six feet apart.

Report shows severity of COVID-19 impacts on hotels nationwide

70% of employees laid off or furloughed, eight in 10 hotel rooms empty

State processes record number of applications for unemployment benefits

Employment Security Department had challenges with the volume

Cantwell calls for nationwide support for local media hurt by COVID-19 pandemic

Remarks come on Senate floor: ‘We need the media. …and need to help them’

Gyms, fitness centers must allow members to cancel memberships or face legal consequences

State attorney general responds to consumer complaints during COVID-19 outbreak

Boeing to resume Washington airplane production next week

More than 27,000 employees are expected to return to work at the Everett campus starting Monday.