Macy's in Landmark Mall to close store in Alexandria; 119 employees will lose jobs

Landmark Mall has hit another land mark. Macy’s is closing.

“That’s where we got Christmas stuff and when we went to the mall that was actually the only place we went because there’s not a whole lot there still open,” said shopper Debra Templeton.

The store opened in 1965. Now Sears will be the only department store left at Landmark.

“I just found out with you. I didn’t know it was closing,” said shopper Teresita Montes.

The store is among 67 others nationwide set to close, as Macy’s struggles with declining traffic in their stores.

“They only have like a few stores open in the mall, so that’s already a loss,” said shopper Darren Royals.

A Macy’s employee, who does not want to be identified, says she and her colleagues found out about the closing when it was announced to the public.

At the Landmark store alone, 119 employees will have to find another job, unless Macy’s can place them locally.

Now, shoppers want to know what’s next for Landmark Mall.

“A lot of stuff is boarded up and it’s a ghost town. It’s kind of scary actually,” said Templeton.

Artistic renderings show future plans. The Howard Hughes Corporation owns the mall and plans to demolish the center and turn it into an outdoor lifestyle center.

There will be retail, dining and entertainment, along with homes.

“Oh I’d love to get some theaters, some more stores, anything, just come back to life,” said Templeton.

A spokesperson for the City of Alexandria says the Macy’s closing could push the plans forward faster.

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