Macy’s May Shut Down Even More Stores

by MR Magazine Staff

Macy’s is shutting down 100 stores, or nearly 15% of its store base, as it battles plunging sales and traffic. But analysts and industry experts say it needs to close even more locations to revive business. The market “probably wants to see another 100 Macy’s stores close,” Jan Kniffen, the CEO of the consulting firm Worldwide Enterprises, told CNBC on Thursday. Cowen & Co. analyst Oliver Chen echoed that statement in a research note Thursday. “We fear that Macy’s may need to close more stores than previously announced, and share losses vs. both off-price (TJ Maxx and Ross Stores) and Amazon will continue in the foreseeable future,” Chen wrote. In a call with analysts on Thursday, Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette acknowledged that Macy’s may not be done closing stores in the near term. “I’m not going to say we’re not going to close more stores,” Gennette said. “We do have to stabilize our brick-and-mortar business … That’s where a majority of our business is still done.” In late January, Macy’s had 673 stores in operation, down from nearly 800 in 2014. By the end of this year, the chain’s store base is expected to drop to about 600. Read more at Business Insider.