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Seattle Macy's downtown closes




(AP)

The 2019 holiday season will be the last for downtown Seattle Macy. The department store closes the store in Emerald City.

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The Seattle Times reports that sales are scheduled for January 2020. The store will close for good in February. Employees were notified of the closure on Friday, and of Macy's intention to sell the building.

Locals are quite familiar with the corner of Third Avenue and Pine Street. The store was formerly the site of Seattle-founded Bon Marche. Macy's took over the downtown store in 2003.

Macy's stores in Bell Square, Alderwood, Redmond and Southcenter will remain open.

Little is known about the reasons for the closure, although many stores have made efforts to increase online shopping. The Times notes that while Macy's occupies three floors of the downtown building, Amazon has top six offices.

The corner of Third and Pine has also become notorious for its crime. Employees at nearby offices have referred to this stretch of Third Avenue as "Staff Alley." This area was also part of Seattle's 9.5 block plan in 201[ads1]5 involving mass arrests of drug dealers and other suspects. Two years later, crime was noticeably on the rise along Avenue Avenue.

Macy's has not commented on her reasons, crime or otherwise for having closed the store downtown or the sale of the building.



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