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Bon voyage: Nampa Macy’s to close

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 2009 store rendering courtesy Macy's Inc.  
2009 store rendering courtesy Macy’s Inc.  

And then there was one.  

For decades, the Treasure Valley hosted three Macy’s outlets – one in Nampa at Karcher Mall, one in Boise Towne Square and its longest-running store in Downtown Boise. 

The Downtown store, once a Bon Marche before being merged into Macy’s, closed in 2010. The Karcher store moved to the then-new Nampa Gateway development in 2009.  

Now, along with store closing across the country, Macy’s will shutter its Nampa store and lay off 57 employees.  

The store was one of the first single-story prototype locations for open-air centers like Gateway. The 110,000 square foot store eschewed the traditional double-decker layout for an open-floor plan concept. 

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This is the second big box vacancy at Nampa Gateway after the 35,000 square foot Sports Authorty store closed last year. A number of planned pad sites have never been constructed and there are a number of vacancies in the small retail buildings near the decelopment’s Edwards Cinemas.  A new WinCo Foods is under construction near the site. 

Macy’s says the Nampa store will close this year, but a news release doesn’t make exact timing clear. 

The company is “streamlining” after disappointing earnings in recent years. This round of store closures will remove 6,200 jobs and see 62 locations end operations.  

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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