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Macy's to close downtown Honolulu store

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 05:34 p.m. HST, Jan 03, 2013

Macy’s downtown Honolulu store, long rumored to be on the chopping block, will close in early spring as part of what the company calls  “normal-course adjustments to its portfolio.”

Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. announced the closure of the 80,000-square foot 1032 Fort Street Mall store this morning along with the shuttering of four other Macy’s stores — in Pasadena, Calif.; Belmont, Mass.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Houston; as well as a Bloomingdale’s in Las Vegas.

The 91 employees at the Honolulu store, which opened in 1850 as Hackfeld’s Dry Goods, will be offered positions in nearby stores where possible and those laid off will be offered severance benefits.

A final clearance sale will begin on Monday and  run for between seven and 11 weeks.

The Honolulu closure will leave 17 Macy’s stores in Hawaii, including eight on Oahu, four on Hawaii island, three on Maui and two on Kauai. No other Macy’s stores in the state are affected.

“We remain committed to operating a successful and growing stores business as part of our company’s Omnichannel strategy for serving customers wherever, whenever and however they prefer to shop,” said Karen Hoguet, chief financial officer of Macy’s Inc. “This leads us to open new stores where we see the opportunity to fill gaps in important markets, as well as to make the tough decision to selectively close underperforming stores that no longer meet our performance requirements or where leases are not being renewed.”

The downtown Macy’s store previously was owned by Liberty House, the state’s oldest and largest department store chain that was sold to Federated Department Stores Inc. in 2001 after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Federated consolidated Liberty House into its Macy’s West division and, in 2007, Federated changed its corporate name to Macy’s Inc.

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false wrote:
Macy's never could match the feel of Liberty House. Downtown Christmas was something to see. All the magic of Christmas in LH windows. Missed for a long time.
on January 3,2013 | 04:08AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I agree with you. Christmas time at the downtown store was terrific. Revitalization of downtown is too slow.
on January 3,2013 | 05:18AM
MANDA wrote:
Sad! A reliable store downtown, a place to browse if you wanted a walk-through after lunch, grab a present - downtown takes one step forward & two steps backward.
on January 3,2013 | 04:45AM
allie wrote:
I visited it once and found it run down with out of date merchandise and indifferent service. It had a dark, drab appearance. And Fort Street is a constant problem with petty crime, bizarre roaming people, unexpected odors and the unmistakable air of despaIR.
on January 3,2013 | 05:22AM
Morimoto wrote:
First time in a long time you made a good post but I still think you're a troll. I agree, Macy's downtown for some reason doesn't feel as comfortable as the other Macy's. Maybe it's just me I don't know.
on January 3,2013 | 07:04AM
allie wrote:
I am no troll. I report what I see, hear, taste and touch
on January 3,2013 | 09:30AM
fishwrider wrote:
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on January 3,2013 | 09:37AM
allie wrote:
I am no longer a freshman and I graduate next december as I have said for the past year. You seem confused about many things hon.
on January 3,2013 | 11:28AM
IAmSane wrote:
"I am no troll."

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
on January 3,2013 | 09:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
show off
on January 3,2013 | 12:04PM
IAmSane wrote:
˙ʇou ɯ,ı 'ou
on January 3,2013 | 12:19PM
Skyler wrote:
I am jealous. c(–.–)–
on January 3,2013 | 02:26PM
hanoz808 wrote:
will this affect the downtown market?
on January 3,2013 | 06:24AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This was a great way to avoid the traffic at Ala Moana - Christmas shopping was a breeze thanks to this location. Parking took all but 2 minutes to drive up the ramp...
on January 3,2013 | 06:41AM
mrluke wrote:
Long overdue. Who the heck shops downtown anymore?
on January 3,2013 | 07:09AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Many people that work and live Downtown.
on January 3,2013 | 09:49AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Liberty House was once a vibrant part of the old "Boat Days" in downtown. Back before the area became super filthy and inhabited with bums and crazies. Now you wouldn't want to touch anything or sit on a bench for fear of cooties and ukus. Shame that all those big businesses with headquarters and fancy offices can not cooperate together to make this area more desirable.
on January 3,2013 | 07:11AM
hnlstar808 wrote:
I'm surprised that Macy's (fka Liberty House) stayed open. Even when I used to work in town, I hardly went shopping in that store.
on January 3,2013 | 07:55AM
busterb wrote:
Geez where are all of the lunchtime shopaholics gonna get their fix now?
on January 3,2013 | 08:03AM
am808 wrote:
This sucks! With Macy's gone, where are the people in downtown supposed to use the restrooms?
on January 3,2013 | 08:31AM
false wrote:
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on January 3,2013 | 08:51AM
allie wrote:
true..feel sorry for HPU students. That Mall is a gauntlet to walk
on January 3,2013 | 09:31AM
fishwrider wrote:
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on January 3,2013 | 09:38AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
no fish, allie's only there part of the day to panhandle IT leaves once the quota for the day is met. The rest of the time IT is hanging at the library using the web access to troll.
on January 4,2013 | 03:18AM
ghstar wrote:
Good point. The city does not provide restrooms on Ft Street mall that I know of. Macy's was a god send at times
on January 3,2013 | 09:06AM
Jonas wrote:
Unfortunately, it was z god send for all the homeless vagrants around the area too. I have gone there a couple of times in the last few years, and I have seen one or more of them "bathing" themselves using the sinks and paper towels. Not a great thing to witness.
on January 3,2013 | 02:05PM
marilynblee wrote:
It was a great place to shop with friendly and consistent service. I will miss it dearly. M
on January 3,2013 | 08:58AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I bet your boss is happy.
on January 3,2013 | 12:02PM
Skyler wrote:
I bet her husband is happier...
on January 3,2013 | 02:28PM
MaWy wrote:
Goodbye, Liberty House. I mean, Macy's.
on January 3,2013 | 09:55AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Hard to find parking downtown....better to go to Ala Moana or Pearlridge store instead.
on January 3,2013 | 10:15AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
LOL. The downtown store wasn't there for you to find parking and visit - it was there for people already downtown, work or resident. If you actually went there otherwise, you're prolly not too sharp.
on January 3,2013 | 10:32AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
That why the store is closing cause it couldn't attract enough customers. Even people who lived and worked in the area probably didn't shop there.
on January 3,2013 | 12:11PM
Mythman wrote:
Fort Street Mall: scum bag central, ugh. Hotel street for buses only helped ruin downtown. Why do they congregate down there? What's the attraction? Free food, a shelter, what?
on January 3,2013 | 11:43AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The State or The City needs to buy the Macy's property and turn it into a Homeless Shelter.
on January 3,2013 | 12:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Even Joan Collins in the 1966 Star Trek episode "The City on The Edge of Forever" ran a downtown mission to pacify the homeless. Downtown is basically no man's land at night, compared to the bustling day time Financial Plaza of the Pacific. What a contrast lol? They say though that Waikiki is a lot more dangerous than Hotel Street though. i would not walk alone on either Hotel Street or Kalakaua Avenue at night. No can tell, as deLima would say.
on January 3,2013 | 12:10PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on January 3,2013 | 12:02PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
they are there because the high number of people walking by support their pan handling.
on January 4,2013 | 03:10AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If it was profitable it would still be running. lol.
on January 3,2013 | 12:01PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Now where am I going to stea......um buy my aloha shirt from?
on January 3,2013 | 12:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Go to Kahala Mall.
on January 3,2013 | 12:06PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Number One runs with 1L, on King Street. Limited Stops. All the way from Kalihi to Kahala Mall.
on January 3,2013 | 12:06PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well now that I am on a roll, as they say here are my thoughts on the Traffic Situation:

A. The H-1/H-2 merge is the main cause of the traffic congestion both during the morning and afternoon rush hours. All traffic feeds into it, from Kapolei, Nanakuli, Waianae, Ewa, Kunia, Makakilo, Waipahu, etc., from West Oahu on the H-1. From the North, the H-2 brings down cars from Laie, Wahiawa, Mililani, Waipio-Gentry, Kahuku, Haleiwa, tc. Now also, some from Pearl City and Aiea themselves get on the H-1 right at that merge and congregate in downtown State and City Civil Service positions (lol, most of them work for the government).

B. The lane narrowing on the H-1 near Ward Avenue and the Punahou Street off ramp area, in my opinion, was a great idea. Most people and i say maybe 95% of those that transport themselves with cars, do so, because the car is the extension of the home itself. I mean why go on public transport, when the happiness of the car is there.

C. Now the Windward side: That is another animal itself. They feed into downtown via the Pali Highway and the Likelike (lee kay lee kay and not like like) Highway, and some even take the scenic route via the H-3, even though one still has to fight Red Hill over H-201.

D. They neva call Honolulu the sheltered harbor for nothing. Besides, people like to be with people, so whoever is displaying their feelings about TheRail or TheTrain or DaTrain or DaRail, needs to consider that TheBus merely caters to those on the lower end of the Totem Pole and mind u only Joe Biden rides Public Transit to and fro. One of these days, we need to see Kirk Caldwell and Neil Abercrombie take TheBus on surprise without notice, to make a point to the public thatt PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS THE WAY TO GO. Otherwise all we did was give $2.5 billion dollars to Italy and Ansaldo.

on January 3,2013 | 12:23PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You want to use my name for today?
on January 3,2013 | 12:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on January 3,2013 | 01:08PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Fort Street Mall has a lot of sidewalk type businesses.
on January 3,2013 | 12:03PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Giving too much competition to Macy's, including the Ross store.
on January 3,2013 | 12:05PM
Anonymous wrote:
More space for HPU.
on January 3,2013 | 12:36PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on January 3,2013 | 01:09PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
HPU is nothing more then a "community college" and attracts students from all over the world looking for a Hawaiian Holiday - to call it a University is a joke - so is downtown Honolulu where bankers and attorneys in fancy offices turn their back on the crazies and homeless that are a scourge to the area.
on January 3,2013 | 01:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
AGREED. BUT: Read the other story about HPU's move to take over Aloha Tower Marketplace.
on January 3,2013 | 01:35PM
Skyler wrote:
Shoots. Oh well. The store's business has been decimated by Ross down there, anyway.
on January 3,2013 | 02:23PM
Iuki wrote:
I still miss Liberty House.
on January 3,2013 | 05:58PM
Meleana22 wrote:
The closing of Liberty House was a major setback for local and tourist shoppers. LH had soul--Macy taking over was a huge downgrade.
on January 3,2013 | 06:48PM
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